Tommy confident of continued progress

Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington was in bullish mood this week after seeing his team get back on the winning trail with a 2-0 victory against Maidenhead United last Saturday.

And he was quick to praise the Priory Lane groundstaff for producing the pitch in playable condition despite the incessant heavy rain which has lashed the south coast in recent weeks.

“They do a fantastic job on the pitch and it would seemingly have to rain heavily and continuously for a very long time for matches to be in danger,” he told The Herald.

Of course it wasn’t always the case and Borough’s early days in the Conference Premier were often plagued by difficul pitches with areas under water regularly and games being called off.

But the club invested heavily in a new drainage system which, along with hard work from the groundstaff, has improved things almost beyond recognition.

Saturday’s game was typical of many at Priory Lane with strong, gusty winds making life difficult for the players.

“Even so I thought we did well and played some good football. The first goal was a while in coming but we stuck to our guns and eventually got our due rewards,” added Widdrington.

“The clean sheet was also welcome and contuinues the solid progress which started the previous week in our 1-1 draw at Havant & Waterlooville.

“Obviously I was also pleased to see Gary Hart on target - his first goal of the season - but it hasn’t been something that we’ve been worrying about. He’s been in great form this year and it was only a matter of time before that goal came.”

The manager will be hoping the all-round improvement contuinues tomorrow (Saturday) when the Borough travel to meet Concorde Rangers.

The Essex outfit left Priory Lane with a point from a 0-0 draw in early September and Widdrington knows Borough will have to start strongly and remain solid if they are to maintain their recent improvement.

“They’ve a couple of good strikers but we are playing well and will go there confident of picking up some more points.”

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