Walker and Ibe leave the Lane

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Eastbourne Borough strike duo James Walker and Kezie Ibe have both left the club.

Antigua and Barbuda International Walker left Priory Lane this week, citing personal and family situations as reasons for his departure and break from football.

The frontman scored three goals in 16 appearances for the Sports since joining them in the summer and was just getting back to match fitness following four months on the treatment table after picking up a knee injury while playing for his country in the Caribbean.

Tommy Widdrington said, “Family must always come before football. We wish him well and good luck and thank him for his contribution to our season.

“The door is open for James to contact us when the time is right for him.”

It was announced on Tuesday that Ibe, whose last appearance for the Sports came as a substitute in the defeat to Bath City last Tuesday, has signed for Ryman Premier outfit Margate FC as a player/coach.

The former Arsenal trainee, who also had spells with Yeovil Town, Chelmsford City and Ebbsfleet United, joined Borough from Farnborough in November but scored just one goal in 14 appearances for the club.

Widdrington has spoke previously about circumstances beyond his control that has affected his team selections and, speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash with Eastleigh said, “I had to make some completely unforeseen changes on Tuesday night that were not the choice of anyone at the club.

“I haven’t had, at any stage, a squad of 18 or 19 men that I can call upon any one of them.

“On Saturday, I hope my squad will be more like the one that won at Farnborough than the one that lost at Bognor.”