Tommy’s masterpiece is work in progress

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“I’m sure even Picasso started drawing and rubbed it out a few times.”

Those were Tommy Widdrington’s words after his Eastbourne Borough side chalked up their second consecutive victory against big-spenders Eastleigh thanks to a goal from home debutant Frankie Raymond.

It’s no secret that fans may have raised an uncomfortable eyebrow at the many comings and goings of players at the club – a movement that boss Widdrington defended by saying nobody gets anything right first time.

“The important part is to have the courage and conviction to know when I am wrong,” the Borough boss said.

“Once I get the team I feel is right, that revolving door will shut.”

But it seems as if his latest additions have moved him one step closer to that desired squad after Raymond and fellow home debutant Joseph Day played key parts in Borough’s first back-to-back wins since the end of August.

A clean sheet for ‘keeper Day and Raymond’s first goal for the Sports helped see off an Eastleigh side tipped to be promotion contenders in the Blue Square South this season.

Borough were confident heading into the contest on the back of their first win in five away at AFC Hornchurch last weekend, but their hearts must’ve sunk when, in just the eighth minute, Craig McAllister nodded the ball into the corner of the net for the visitors.

However, the goal was ruled out for a push on Day and play resumed with the scores 0-0.

A bitter wind whipping its way around Priory Lane put shot to either side creating many clear-cut chances but the deadlock was eventually broken just three minutes into the second half.

A Marvin Hamilton throw nodded on by David Knight found Raymond, who ghosted into the box to slot home what proved to be the decisive goal.

Eastleigh pressed for what would have been a deserved equaliser but Borough stuck firm as a unit to see out the half – a task that had proved difficult for Widdrington’s men on a few occasions so far this season.

And through grit and determination, they held on to the three points that sees them bump up to 15th in the Blue Square South table, ready to search for their third consecutive win when they face strugglers Basingstoke Town on Tuesday.