Relegation battle holds no fear for Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington admits his Borough team have a huge battle on their hands after they slipped into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

Following Staines’ victory at Welling on Monday night, Eastbourne dropped into the bottom three, albeit with two games in hand.

Widdrington said, “I’m under no illusions about how big the job is but it’s not any bigger today than it was the day I joined.

“We can’t affect other teams’ results, only ours, and we’ve still got games to play. We’ve just got to battle our way out of this.

“It may not be pretty or it may not be nice but I’m not here to be liked, I’m only here to keep Eastbourne Borough up.”

Widdrington continues his search for three points at Truro City on Saturday as his team look to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Staines last weekend, when they didn’t register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.

“I’m not going to point my finger at the strikers. We understand the frustration of the fans but we’ve got to stick together and play winning football as a team.”

In his quest for survival, Widdrington has added a handful of players to the squad, most of which have played under him before.

Stuart Anderson joins from Salisbury City, where Widdrington enjoyed a five year spell between 2005 and 2010, and Marvin Hamilton-Omole and Ellis Remy both join from Hemel Hempstead Town, where Widdrington worked before he joined Eastbourne Borough.

“I think it’s common nature for managers to bring players in that have played for them before, players that they can trust.

“Stuart Anderson is someone who played for me for quite a while so it’s no surprise he’s followed me down the south coast.

“I thought he had a strong debut on Saturday and showed his capabilities when passing the ball.”

Marvin Hamilton-Omole also impressed on his debut during Borough’s defeat to relegation rivals Staines, even taking home the title of man of the match.

“That was an average performance by Marvin’s standards. I’ve no doubt he can play well at this level and we’re happy with what we’ve seen from him so far.”

Goalkeeper Mitchel Walker was also added to the squad on a season loan from Brighton.

While Widdrington is busy shaping the side, he’s quick to make clear that all the changes he’s making are absolutely necessary.

“Everything I do is in the interest of Eastbourne Borough Football Club. We have to be careful not to overspend.

“I’m working very, very hard to bring players in. I haven’t suddenly been given a bucket load of money to spend, it’s just that before I came here, the money may have been distributed differently to the way I choose to do so.”

In order to accommodate the new faces, Widdrington has released a few players, including Ross Treleaven and Billy Medlock, who have joined Eastbourne Town on loan and Lewes FC on dual registration respectively.

“Ross is hoping to get match-fit at Eastbourne Town, whereas Billy didn’t really feature in the Borough team at all.”

Eddie Hutchinson also joins Havant and Waterlooville after leaving the club by mutual consent.

Widdrington and his team start to long journey to Truro on Friday morning without Clark Masters and Carl Rook, who are both still suspended.