Striker Hammond set for Dover battle

Elvis Hammond
Elvis Hammond

Striker Elvis Hammond believes tomorrow’s trip to Dover Athletic will be a ‘real battle’ as Eastbourne Borough continue to chase a play-off position.

Hammond, 33, has been in top form for Borough since joining from Farnborough in January.

His arrival coincided with the departure of popular striker Jamie Taylor who had been at the Lane on loan from Sutton United.

The experienced Ghanian, who has represented Fulham, Norwich and Leicester during his career, took no time at all to settle into his new role for the club.

He scored on debut in the 3-2 triumph against Bath City and has scored five times in total for Tommy Widdrington’s side.

What has impressed management and fans alike however is his tireless running and his ability to cope with the physical and no-nonsense defending of the Skrill South.

“I love that part of the game.” Elvis said. “I like to let defenders know that they have been in a game.

“It’s important for them (the defenders) to know that they are not in for easy ride against me.

“Strikers are judged on goals but you have to work hard for the team. I have always played like that.”

Following Gary Hart’s recent departure Hammond, along with the ever-reliable Ian Simpemba, is one of the older heads in the dressing and he admits it is a responsibility he enjoys.

“I have been around the game for a while now and if the younger lads can learn from me then that’s great.

“For me, I’m just enjoying my football again. It’s great to be a part of something positive.

“This club is looking to go somewhere and hopefully I can contribute towards that. I was not playing regularly at Farnborough and it starts to get to you mentally.

“You question if you really want it or if you can be bothered.

“But I got the call from the gaffer (Tommy Widdrington)and I knew I wanted to come to Eastbourne.

“He believes in me and has trusted me to lead the line and I want to repay him for that. When I’m playing, you get into routine and on a roll and that’s when I’m at my best.”

On Borough chances of reaching the play-offs the striker who scored twice against Chelmsford last Saturday and claimed one against Bromley in midweek added, “We are one of the teams in with a chance.

“A lot can happen but we just have to give it a shot. Dover is a big game for us and I’m sure it will be a real battle.

“If we play well we have a chance. That’s all we can keep doing. We have to do our thing, pick up as many points as we can and see where it leaves us at the end of the season.”

See Tuesday’s Gazette for match report and pictures from Dover Athletic