Tommy blasts players after ‘rare non performance’

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington admitted he was disappointed with his players after the Sussex Senior Cup defeat at Lewes on Tuesday.

Widdrington said it wasn’t so much losing the game that annoyed him but it was the manner of the defeat. He said, “It’s the first time in six months or so that I felt we delivered a non-performance.

“We have an identity here at Eastbourne Borough. We play in a certain way and I don’t think we were true to that or true to ourselves.

“I have mellowed a bit as a manager but I was upset on Tuesday and I made that clear to the players in no uncertain terms.

“What was also disappointing was that the game before we played Basingstoke, who are third in the league, and we took them apart. I certainly didn’t expect that performance against Lewes. But I have said my piece, the players know what to do and we move on.”

Lewes boss Garry Wilson heaped praise on his players after their extra-time Sussex Senior Cup 2-1 victory.

Wilson, who previously managed Borough for 12 seasons, said, “We are delighted with the performance and the result. It’s a competition we are keen to do well in and this result takes us one step closer to the final at the Amex.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved it and if we had shown a bit more composure in their box we could and should have won by more.”

Wilson certainly enjoyed the result but insisted he took no pleasure in knocking his former club out of the competition.

“I have great memories with Eastbourne Borough and that will always be with me. But that’s in the past and I’m doing my best now to make Lewes successful.

“I thought Eastbourne looked strong. They had a strong team out and we were missing six players for one reason or another. But I thought each and every player worked hard for us on the night.

“Other than the penalty, our ‘keeper (Rikki Banks) didn’t have too much to do.”

One player he singled out was former Borough stalwart Matt Crabb.

Wilson added, “Crabby was superb. He dictated everything from the middle of the park.”