We believe

Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson believes his side have managed to retain the momentum they picked up earlier in the month, despite a pair of defeats in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Boro’ return to Priory Lane tomorrow to face fellow-strugglers Barrow and three of their following four matches are also at home, including Crawley Town on Tuesday, in a period which could define their season.

The Sports are currently lying seven points from safety but with two games in hand on Hayes and Forest Green.

Wilson’s men could even finish in the drop zone and still survive, should any of their rivals fall into financial trouble, as has happened in previous seasons.

But that escape route is a long way from the manager’s mind with 30 points to play for before the race is run.

Wilson said, “They are all big games until the end of the season and we have three games at home now.

“We have not got the results in those two away games (defeats at Wrexham and York) but the performances have been very good, particularly at Wrexham.

“We have kept the spirit that has been there, the players have kept their confidence.

“Barrow will have a go, they will be delighted after two away wins, their away record hadn’t been that good this season, but they will take confidence from that.”

The Bluebirds, who have the 720-mile round trip to contend with, sit three points outside the drop zone after a four-game unbeaten run.

Those two away victories came in midweek and last Saturday against Southport and Forest Green respectively.

Nineteen-year-old Blackpool loanee Louis Almond leads the scoring charts for the Cumbrians – he hit his sixth goal of the campaign on Tuesday night.

Although the season is now in its twilight, Wilson is reluctant to set targets for his squad.

“We have got to take the pressure off the players,” he said. “Have them play with a smile on their faces.

“We have just got to try and win our home games. We still have a lot of games to play, but I think it is usually around 42 to 46 points which is enough (for survival).”

Last year 46 kept Boro’ up by the skin of their teeth, but they may not need such a total this time around, with a number of the teams at the bottom still to face each other.

Gary Elphick, who missed both matches last week with a hamstring problem has progressed well and is set to feature, but Matt Crabb is facing a battle to be fit and George Purcell is a slight doubt.

Ben Austin column and league tables: see page 67