Spare the fans’ nerves

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If Eastbourne Borough want to spare their fans another nerve jangling climax to a season, then their next two home games will be crucial.

Anxiety levels among the Borough faithful have been cranked up to maximum in the last few years as Borough seem to have contested more relegation scraps than Wigan Athletic.

A superb 2-1 away victory in Billericay on Tuesday night was a huge step forward for Tommy Widdrington’s men.

A timely brace from striker Elliott Charles propelled Borough up to a lofty 15th in the table and four points above the drop zone.

Securing further points at home tomorrow (Saturday) against Chelmsford and then Boreham Wood on Tuesday should finally allow Borough fans to relax and finally forget the unattractive prospect of Ryman League football next season. Both games however are far from gimmes with Chelmsford and Boreham Wood well and truly in the play-off mix.

Chelmsford are sixth in the table and will no doubt be going all out to reel in Eastleigh and Weston Super-Mare who are just above them and within striking distance.

Tommorrow’s visitors also have one of non-league’s most reliable goal scorers in Jamie Slabber. It was Slabber who came off the bench when the two sides met in the reverse fixture last month and scored the winner in a tightly contested clash that saw Borough’s Frankie Raymond red carded.

Tuesday’s visitors Boreham Wood are seventh in the Blue Square South and boast the tightest defence in the league having conceded just 39 goals this season.

Widdrington said, “The win in Billericay will give us confidence to approach the final five games.

“There are 15 points still to play for and we aim to take maximum. Maybe that will not happen but we will certainly pick up points and hopefully finish higher up the table.

“We have already got more points than this time last year so I guess you can call that progress.

“We have not been as consistent as we would have liked this season but we have never had a long losing run and I think the players deserve a lot of credit for that.”

See page 75 for Boro’ latest.