Smith agrees to Lane switch

Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington was this week delighted to announce that Jamie Smith has agreed to spend the rest of his season at the Sports.

Widdrington has had his eye on Smith - a former Crystal Palace youth and Brighton and Hove Albion player - for a while but missed out on the capture of the midfielder as he took up the offer of a move to Dover at the beginning of the season instead.

However, with things not working out under Nicky Forster, the 22-year-old has upped sticks and moved south.

Widdrington said, “Jamie was a player I was interested in over the summer but he opted to go somewhere else.

“It didn’t work out for him there but I’m delighted he’s agreed to come to us now.

“I’d describe him as an attacking midfielder/striker. I felt we needed some more attacking options and he is a creator.

“He’s a very talented player. He has a great technical ability on the ball and an eye for goal.

“He impressed me during his cameo appearance for Dover at Priory Lane earlier this season and I hope he can bring that same form to us.

“He knows a few of the lads here, like Gary Hart, so hopefully that means he can settle in well and enjoy his time here.”

Eastbourne Borough return to action this weekend with a long jaunt to the West Country to face high-flying Bath City.

Widdrington had planned a friendly match for his players last weekend but, after torrential rain, they were forced to take a break after all ahead of their trip to Bath, who sit seven places but just three points above Borough in the Blue Square South table.

Widdrington said, “It wasn’t my plan to take a break last weekend but it did mean some of our players got to rest.”