We are all fighting for the one remaining play-off spot

Chris Shephard is expected to return to face Sutton United
Chris Shephard is expected to return to face Sutton United

Eastbourne Borough face opponents this weekend who are nailed on for a play-off spot, according to manager Tommy Widdrington.

Sutton United are the visitors to Priory Lane on Saturday and arrive in a rich vein of form, which has seen them rise to fourth place in the Skrill South.

Widdrignton, who has his own aspirations for the play-offs, thinks the top four of Bromley, Eastleigh, Ebsfleet United and Sutton can’t be caught and that the remaining promotion hopefuls are chasing one position in the league.

“I believe the top four are nailed on,” he said

A win on Saturday would do their chances no harm, but Borough know all about the threat posed by their weekend visitors, having been resoundingly beaten 4-0 in the reverse fixture back in October.

The boss, however, is keen to put that result behind them and is itching to set the record straight.

“We know what they can do, We had a heavy defeat against them last time and that’s something that sticks in the managers throat and the players as well.

“But they have a chance to put that right this weekend.”

Their chances of atoning for that defeat have been boosted by the return of midfield play-maker Chris Shephard and the lack of recent action means he has a fully fit squad.

Gary Hart and Stacy Long were both doubts for the Boreham Wood clash that was called off last week but the extra rest means they are likely to be fresh for Saturday.

Some of the Borough Academy lads are pushing for places on the bench as well, after an impressive 4-3 win against Fulham in their League Cup quarter-final.

Ryan Walker scored twice, while Wayne Giles and Max Taylor were also on the scoresheet, giving a timely reminder to boss Widdrington, who was at the game and admitted to being impressed by the young lads.

“I’m always interested in trying to promote them so I’m always watching them play.”