Tommy plays a cagey game ahead of clash with his former club

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington is keeping his cards close to his chest as Eastbourne Borough head into their final game of the season against his former club, Salisbury City.

The Borough boss will no doubt reshuffle his side over the summer to prepare them for next season in the Blue Square South, leading to speculation that Saturday could be the last time some players pull on a Borough shirt.

However, Widdrington insists he will not start making decisions until his team have crossed the finish line this campaign.

“Once the season is over I’ll have a talk with Len and then I’ll speak to each of the players individually before I lay any cards on the table. Hopefully that will be between now and May 4, but until then everybody is still a part of the team as far as I’m concerned.”

Widdrington’s men secured their survival in the Blue Square South last weekend despite a 3-0 defeat away to play-off chasing Basingstoke.

“A couple of things went against us last weekend but Basingstoke were just too strong for us in the end, which is why they’re pushing for the play-offs and we’re not.

“But the bigger picture is that we’re safe now and that’s through our own doing, our own work, not just because of other teams’ results.”

For Widdrington, this weekend’s fixture sees him come up against the club where he started his managerial career. He joined Salisbury as a player in 2005, before stepping into the manager’s shoes for the final season of his five-year spell at the club.

He said, “I have great affection and respect for Salisbury. They helped me greatly on my first stretch as a manager and they will always have a place in my footballing life.

“They come into the match on the back of three wins so they’ll be confident, but we hope it will be a good football match and one that we can enjoy.

“We will definitely both be wanting to go out there and win and hopefully add some last points to what will end up being our final tally. We want to end the season as positively as we can.”

The Sports will have to make do without two key players in Mitchell Walker, who is suspended following the red card he picked up away at Chelmsford three weeks ago, and Alex Lacey, who was recalled to his parent club Luton Town last week.

Widdrington admitted Lacey’s role will be a tough one to fill after he formed a solid partnership with Ollie Rowe during his time at Priory Lane.

The club will, however, be boosted by the fact Marvin Hamilton-Omole managed a full 90 minutes against Basingstoke on Saturday after returning from injury.