Widdrington: Sutton clash is no relegation six-pointer

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Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington refuses to brand this weekend’s match as ‘crucial’, despite the fact his side could sink to second from bottom of the Blue Square South if they don’t pick up points against Sutton on Saturday.

Following the Sports’ loss to Weston-Super-Mare last weekend, the Borough boss had hoped his men would get the opportunity to bounce back quickly when they faced struggling Billericay Town on Tuesday.

However, with that clash postponed for a third time, the emphasis turns to Saturday’s match with a Sutton side who leapfrogged Borough in the league standings after their midweek win.

The Sports have slipped down to 17th in the Blue Square South table and with just three points separating them from 21st-placed Billericay, they need to start pocketing the points if they’re going to avoid dropping any further down.

Widdrington, though, insists he is not looking over his shoulder and hardly even taking any notice at all of a ludicrously tight division.

He said, “I wouldn’t say we were at that stage of the season just yet.

“We’ve dropped down the table, quite dramatically it might appear to some, without having even played but the main issue for me is just to get back playing again.

“The thing is, every team is beating each other in the league right now. The top two both lost on Tuesday, which is unusual to happen on the same night but I’m fairly comfortable with where we are at the moment.”

Widdrington takes his men to Sutton United on Saturday hoping to continue the impressive away form that has seen them lose just once in the league on their travels since the end of September.

Their last trip saw them ease past Staines Town by two goals to nil and the Borough boss hopes for more of the same this time round.

“We lost that unbeaten away record to Boreham Wood last month but came back to get a couple of goals and a clean sheet at Staines, which we’ll be looking to do again this weekend.

“When teams come to Eastbourne, they have a plan to come out at us and perhaps we’re just not clever enough or creative enough to counteract it.

“In the past few weeks, we certainly haven’t been clinical enough - that’s it in a nutshell.

“When we travel away, we are perhaps that little bit more clever, more cute. Teams sit back a bit at home and we try and go at them. It’s something I’ve mentioned to the players and we’ll go to Sutton confident of doing the same sort of thing.”

Borough fans may expect to see a shuffle in the make-up of the first team following their below-par performance against Weston last Saturday - a match that Widdrington admitted threw up some ‘conundrums’ about team selections that would require him to get his ‘thinking hat’ on about which team would be best capable of beating their opposition.

The manager added, “I will be having to make a change in personnel because of injury and because games are piling up.

“I made one change for the Weston game bringing Darren Lok in for James Walker but when you’re not getting the results, people will look into those changes in their own way.”