Widdrington delight as new signings make instant impact

Ben Adelsbury
Ben Adelsbury

They haven’t been in the squad for long but Michael Noone and Ben Adelsbury are said to be settling in just fine at Eastbourne Borough.

The duo, from fellow Blue Square Bet South sides Dover Athletic and Truro City respectively, joined The Sports during their injury crisis a couple of weeks ago and have since both made a handful of first-team appearances in a Borough shirt, helping the side to wins in their last two matches.

Michael Noone

Michael Noone

Tommy Widdrington said, “They’re both great lads. I’ve worked with Ben before when we were both at Salisbury City, so I know he can do a good job.

“I’ve known about Michael for a long while and, although I’ve never managed him before, I think anyone who’s watched him play for us so far can see that he’s a great addition.

“It’s obviously hard to predict what’s going to happen in your season but there’s always going to be changes, whether that be in personnel or formation. The most important thing, though, is to make sure those changes help improve the squad at the end of the day.”

Noone and Adelsbury both made their second start for Borough during Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Waltham Abbey in which the Sports progressed thanks to three late goals in the space of eight minutes.

Abbey led twice during the match but Widdrington insisted he never feared his side wouldn’t run out eventual victors.

“From very early on in the match I believed we would break through their defence but I was disappointed to concede two. They came out and threw everything at us but what little they did create, went in.

“The most important thing though is the result and progressing to the next round, which we’ve done.”

The Sports were rewarded with a fixture against Ryman Premier side Hendon at Priory Lane, due to be played on October, 6.

Widdrington said, “I haven’t looked at their results in the league because it won’t matter come that Saturday, it’s a one-off game on a one-off day.

“I’ve always said for the best chances of going through, you need to be drawn at home and so we’re pleased with our draw.

“More often than not, we’ve been better at home so far this season and so hopefully we can continue that and fulfil our target of reaching the next round.”

Before that though, Borough face two domestic matches against Weston-Super-Mare and Tonbridge Angels on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.

Although both sides haven’t enjoyed the best start to the season, Weston head into their contest on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville during the week.

Widdrington said, “I watched them during the week and thought they deserved the win.

“It’s a long journey so an early start and obviously that’s not ideal but everyone has to do it. It hasn’t affected our training and we’ll go into it confident on the back of two wins.”