Match Preview: Eastbourne Borough vs Worthing
Worthing go into Tuesday night’s Sussex Senior Cup tie at Eastbourne Borough looking to continue what is an already impressive showing in the competitions history and to find the win to kick-start their season again.
Saturday’s late defeat to previously second bottom Harlow Town ended a run of four league matches without defeat but despite that good run the defeat left Adam Hinshelwood’s men seven points from safety.
Attention now turns to the Sussex Senior Cup and being 21 times winners, the Mackerel Men are the most successful Senior Cup side in the county, although the trophy hasn’t made it’s way to Woodside Road since 1999. These two sides met in the final two years ago at the American Express Community Stadium, with Borough just coming out on top with a hard fought 1-0 win.
The Sports, managed by former Bognor manager Jamie Howell currently sit 15th in National League South after a 2-1 win at Glouchester City on Saturday ended a run of just one win in seven league games. Former Worthing manager Jon Meeney is part of Howell’s backroom staff while three players have made the switch from Woodside Road to Priory Lane in the last six months.
Full back Will Hendon was the first, becoming one of Howell’s first signings before former captain Kane Wills joined him after just two matches of the new season. Last season’s top scorer Lloyd Dawes was the latest to make the move when he joined in late September, however he’s unlikely to feature tomorrow having recently suffered a hamstring injury that’s kept him out of Borough’s last two games.
Hinshelwood is looking forward to going up against some familiar faces: “Obviously I’ve worked with Jon (Meeney) before and Jamie (Howell) being my brother-in-law along with some ex-Worthing players in their ranks, there’s a good feel to it, but as always we need to look after ourselves and look to get the result to start a winning run”.
The Worthing manager expects to field a similar team to Saturday, although Darren Budd is available again while Jazz Rance is cup-tied. Skipper Ben Pope plays for the last time before serving a four match suspension after being given a straight red card for the second time this season at the weekend.
Borough announced last week that ticket prices for the game have been reduced to: Adults £6, Concessions £4, Under-18’s £1.
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