Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington is determined to get his young chargers back into the play-off mix starting against Maidenhead tomorrow after their mid-October wobble.
The Borough squad made a promising start to the 2013-14 Skrill South season.
The team continued their decent form from the tail end of last season’s campaign and were riding high in the table.
Spirits were further lifted by an excellent 2-0 FA Cup victory at Farnborough, soon followed by a thrilling 5-2 triumph at the Lane against the same side in the league.
Inbetween those matches they were completely outplayed in Sutton before being knocked out of the FA Cup at Ebbsfleet.
Heavy defeats followed against Chelmsford and Dover but Widdrington kept faith in his players and he was rewarded with an impressive 1-1 draw at in-form Havant last Saturday.
The result was achieved with an almost identical starting line-up - bar Elliot Levy for Sam Cole - to the side that was battered 4-0 at home to Dover Athletic and Widdrington feels that was crucial for confidence.
“I think the players felt they had a point to prove.
“It was a performance of great resolve and determination with just the one change from the team against Dover.
“I told the lads if we go a goal down that we wouldn’t be out of the match.
“As it turned out we took the lead and they only hit back thanks to a great strike from a free kick.”
Of their recent wobble, Widdrington added, “I always knew October was going to be tough for us.
“We started it well and finished it well but inbetween was not so good.”
Borough’s position in the league remains healthy. Despite just one point from their last three league games, Widdrington’s men are in 10th place just three points outside the top five.
With Maidenhead at home on Saturday, followed by Concord Rangers, Boreham Wood and then Dorchester, The Sports will hope November will prove more fruitful and put them among the play-off chasing pack.
“Whether we are playing Sutton or Dover Athletic or Boreham Wood or Dorchester we approach it the same.
“While on paper these games might look easier, we have no right to beat anybody. This league has proved any team is a match for anyone.
“We know we have to work hard and be at our best to gain points in the division.”
Widdrington also refused to rule out Chris Shephard for Saturday’s game. The playmaker has been sidelined with cracked ribs and he will under-go a fitness test before kick-off.
See Tuesday’s Gazette for match report and reaction.