We’re good enough to challenge at the top

Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson believes he has the right blend of players to mount a play-off challenge this season.

Wilson’s assessment comes after a tough opening run of fixtures which has seen his injury-hit squad take on the majority of the so-called top-sides in the Blue Square South.

Inconsistency has been the main problem in the opening fixtures which has seen Boro’ lose on the road to top three sides Dartford, Woking and Welling but also record impressive victories against Bromley, Dorchester and Havant and Waterlooville.

But with the three Garys of Elphick, Charman and Hart easing their back to full match fitness Wilson believes the blend of youth and experience can see Boro’ rise up the table.

Despite an indifferent start his men are just four points off the top six. The next five league games are against Boreham Wood, Thurrock (Tuesday), Salisbury, Eastleigh and Weston Super-Mare with a couple of important FA Cup qualifying games sandwiched in the middle.

While on paper these look winable games for Boro’ Wilson will be quick to stress to his players not to take three points for granted.

He said, “There will be no danger of us underestimating these guys. Why should we because we have achieved nothing as yet?

“Boreham Wood were one of the bigger spenders in the summer and they have not had the best of starts but we know they have good quality in their side.

“I’m seeing some good signs and I think when we can get a settled side we will show the consistency that we need to. If we do that I’m confident this side can get on a good run and rise up the table.”

“Against Woking we played ever so well. There were a couple of mistakes from the keeper and that cost us. We did not get the result and we have to take that on the chin but overall our performance was very good. We have to take the positives from that and bring in it this game.”

Another positive for fans is the return to fitness of former Brighton player Gary Hart. He played 70 minutes at Woking and is expected to make his Priory Lane league debut tomorrow.

Hart said, “It was good to get back and playing. The neck was a bit sore afterwards but nothing too serious. The longer the game went on the more confident I felt.

“I took a few knocks, was going up for headers and I came through it okay.

“I just need a few more matches under my belt and hopefully I should be back to my best.”

Sonny Cobbs remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and Carl Rook is a doubt with a rib problem. Rikki Banks, who had a poor game in Woking, is set to remain in goal as Clark Masters is injured. Ben Watson returns after a bout of tonsillitis.