TW eyes home improvements

Eastbourne Borough v Hendon FA Cup Priory Lane Oct 6th 2012
Eastbourne Borough v Hendon FA Cup Priory Lane Oct 6th 2012

Tommy Widdrington is hoping his Eastbourne Borough side can replicate their away form when Salisbury City visit to Priory Lane in a match he believes will be a good measure of club’s progress.

The Borough boss has faced his old employees twice since taking charge of the Sports but the Wiltshire outfit has triumphed each time.

However, Widdrington believes that if his side can begin to do at home what they have shown they can do on the road, they are more than capable of toppling the league leaders.

He said, “Some people may not realise but we haven’t lost an away league game since September 29, and while most of those were draws, we are still picking up points away from home. Now we need to start doing that at home, too.

“We all know this weekend will be tough. Salisbury are sitting at top of the league and, at this stage of the season, you don’t get there by fluke. They’ve played very, very well.

“It was a very close game when we played them earlier this season and we’ve changed the make-up of our squad since then, so this Saturday should be a good test of how far we have or haven’t come.”

Borough will head into this weekend’s clash on a high after coming back from a goal down to triumph at Maidenhead last Saturday - a three-point haul that saw them climb into the top half of the Blue Square South table with just one defeat in their last seven domestic encounters.

The result made a welcome change for the Sports, who have so often been the victims of late-goal comebacks .

Widdrington added, “They were the better team in the first half but we had a little chat at half time and came out in the second half looking to do what we should’ve done in the first.

“I’ve said before, when teams have come back against us, that you tend to throw a bit more at a team when you go behind and that’s what we did.

“Once we equalised, we could’ve gone for the draw, especially as we were away from home, but we went for the win and I think we showed great character.”