Players must believe they are ready for first team

Charles Ademeno's future with the club remains uncertain
Charles Ademeno's future with the club remains uncertain

After finally whittling down his squad, Tommy Widdrington wants each of his players to believe they are worthy of a first-team place as the start of the season edges closer.

Borough’s pre-season has featured numerous new faces, many of whom were trialists who have since signed on or left to search for a new club.

And now, as Borough prepare for their ninth and final pre-season friendly of the summer, Widdrington wants each member of his team to have belief in themselves when they step onto the pitch this weekend.

“We’ve had large number of players play for us during pre-season, which means not everyone has managed 90 minutes but they will go into the match fit and ready.

“There may be some surprise inclusions in the line-ups but every player has to go into next week believing they can make it.

“Some of the trialists have petered away and we’re left with a squad of about 18/19, who are all eager to play.

“This weekend’s game could have started our season so we’ll go into it with the same mentality and focus as we normally would.”

Borough head into their match with Hastings this Saturday on the back of a resounding 6-3 victory over Newhaven on Tuesday night.

The match was originally scheduled against Burgess Hill but after they cancelled, Newhaven travelled to the Lane instead.

Borough’s latest addition, James Walker, netted a hat-trick and worked well with Gary Hart to allow him to get on the score sheet too, as well as Ethan Strevett and Darren Lok.

However, like most of the other pre-season results, the Borough boss isn’t reading into the score line too much.

“It wasn’t our planned fixture but it’s still good to play with a referee and against a different team.

“It allowed me time to watch us with a ball too as we had the vast majority of possession in that match, unlike against Stevenage for example.

“I wouldn’t say James was lacking in confidence before the match, a player like that always expects to score goals, but he’s got off the mark for us now and long may that continue.”

The club did receive some unfortunate news last week though as Ellis Remy could no longer stay at the club due to personal reasons.

Widdrington and Remy had agreed a deal for this season, which Remy was looking forward to, but a change in circumstances meant he had to leave the Lane.

Meanwhile, the future of Charlie Ademeno is still unsure as Borough battle with a number of other clubs for the striker’s signature.

Last weekend, staff and fans all got to enjoy the club’s Open Day, which boss Widdrington dubbed an ‘excellent day’.

He added, “It’s something we’d like to make an annual event as it was a great day.

“Thankfully, the weather held out for us.

“The fans got to quiz me about everything under the sun and it was a day enjoyed by everyone of all ages. I’d like to say thank you to everyone involved.”