Tommy targets magic 50 points

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington is hoping a tough month ahead for Eastbourne Borough won’t halt their march up the Blue Square South table and towards that 50 point marker.

Borough face four teams in the top ten between now and the end of the season, starting with a clash against second-placed Dartford in mid-week.

April also sees them face Hampton and Richmond Borough and Salisbury City, who could both be fighting for their Blue Square South survival.

Widdrington said, “We’ve got a very tough month ahead, but we’re very pleased with the way things have gone so far and hopefully that will continue.”

Borough currently have 42 points, seven more than Hampton and Richmond Borough and Staines in the relegation zone.

Recent good form, including three wins on the bounce, have seen Borough climb up the table and away from that dreaded drop zone.

However, Widdrington hopes his team can continue to build on that and reach the 50 point mark sooner rather than later.

“I set targets for every game, but I don’t like to set them overall because I feel like if we reach them, we may take our foot off the pedal and I don’t want to do that.

“I’d like to see us hit the 50 point mark but really we just want to keep adding to our points total as much as possible.

“As long as we stay positive, I think we can finish this season strongly and get a good start to the next one.”

The Sports travel to Eastleigh this weekend who, despite being three places above Borough in the table, are on a poor run of form having lost four of their last five league matches.

On the other hand, Borough are enjoying an unbeaten run of five games, including a win over league leaders Woking last week.

Widdrington said, “I’m confident we’ll perform. If games were played on paper, then you would favour us, but you can’t look at it like that.

“We played the team at the top of the table and played really well, then didn’t play so well against the team at the bottom of the table, so form on paper doesn’t always come through.”

Borough travel to Eastleigh still without Marvin Hamilton-Omole but hope Gary Charman will return after being unavailable for their win over Thurrock on Tuesday due to a knock to the face.

Borough’s Ross Treleaven could also be available for selection after he rejoined the club as his month long loan spell with Eastbourne Town officially ended on Monday.

“I’ll have to speak to Ross and Eastbourne Town’s manager before we decide any future for Ross.

“It may be that he stays there until the end of the season, but I’ll have to speak to him about that first.”