Frankie Raymond may have picked up a nasty nose injury during Eastbourne Borough’s defeat to Salisbury on Saturday but he did earn the praise of boss Tommy Widdrington in the process.
The youngster came on as an early substitute for Sam Cole, who had to leave the field due to a bad back injury, and did his case for a place in the starting line-up no harm with a lively display.
Widdrington said, “It was a blow to lose Sam but Frankie came on and did a great job.
“He got stuck in and there was a tackle he made in the first half that made me think ‘I’m going to give him a new contract because of that challenge’.
“His nose is round the corner in the dressing room now but, even after his nose was splattered all over his face and he was taken off the pitch for a few minutes, as soon as he got back on he went straight into another challenge.
“That’s a quality that I want all my players here to have. Overall though, I was really pleased with the way they all applied themselves on the field this afternoon.”
Cole will now be assessed ahead of Borough’s trip to Billericay next Saturday, as well as the fitness of Simon Johnson, who suffered an injury in Friday’s training session.
As for the game, Widdrington had nothing but positives to dish out.
He said, “I wouldn’t really say were second best this afternoon.
“I think both Salisbury goals were scored when we were very much in the ascendency but they have two very good strikers who can be match winners for them.
“I have nothing but pride for men though. Sometimes I’ll go into the dressing room and bang my fist on the table or kick a chair but today I couldn’t do that.
“We matched Salisbury for most of the afternoon. We played worse at Bath and Maidenhead but got points.”