Widdrington: ‘I have to tame our wild horses’

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Tommy Widdrington praised his youthful Eastbourne Borough side after they stopped their recent slump with a deserved victory over Basingstoke Town.

The manager said, “We’ve just run through the age of the team in the dressing room and apart from Gary Hart, I haven’t got a player over 23 playing for me at the moment.

“These 18, 19, 20 years old have shown great character beyond their age today. Maybe not the brains beyond their age, but that’s still for Alan and I to impart.

“We’re delighted with the win. The result was the most important thing but the icing on the cake was a good performance too.”

The win came on the back of three straight defeats for the Sports, which, although it coincided with a series of frustrating injuries, still came as a surprise after the positive start to the season the club had enjoyed up until then.

The Borough boss, talking about the expectation that was placed upon his side after their satisfying start, said, “For some, it’s their job to build these expectations up, but it’s my job to keep them down, keep them realistic.

“I know what I have under my bonnet. I have a collection of young, wild horses wanting to run on but I’m the one behind the wheel and I need to put my foot on the brake every now and then.

“It was really pleasing to get the win though. I’ve been mindful of the effort the lads have put in during recent games without getting anything out of them, but that sparkle was missing then.

“We got that back today and this win will be huge for their confidence.”

On Saturday Eastbourne Borough will take a break from their league programme and embark upon their 2012-13 FA Cup campaign. On Saturday they travel to

Isthmian League Division One North side Waltham Abbey.