Eastbourne Borough turn their attention to the Emirates FA Cup tomorrow as we entertain fellow National League South side Worthing in the Second Qualifying Round.
The Sports will be looking to return to winning ways after losing narrowly at Yeovil Town last time out, as they prepare for a test against Adam Hinshelwood’s side. With the two teams not due to meet in the league until Boxing Day, early bragging rights will be up for grabs in the battle of East versus West Sussex.
Tickets for the game remain on sale online until matchday, with supporters able to buy their ticket at a discount until midnight tonight (15 September). For supporters who have not purchased a ticket this way, you can pay on the day with tickets available via our ticket office.
Opposition in focus
Sussex’s two National League South representatives go head to head in a much-anticipated tie this afternoon. The chances of this tie being drawn? Very high. The chances of the two being drawn together for a second time in as many seasons? Almost impossible.
But here we are, just under twelve months since Borough won 2-1 at Worthing’s Woodside Road home, the duo meet yet again. This time in the Second Qualifying Round.
Shiloh Remy and Leone Gravata were the Sports heroes that afternoon in West Sussex, after Lewis White had given the hosts the lead.
The Sports were to bow out in the Fourth and final Qualifying Round last term – losing 2-1 to National League Maidenhead United – and the winner will make it to within two games of the First Round.
If you’re talking about league form, it’s Worthing who come into the game in better stead. Adam Hinshelwood’s side have suffered just two defeats from the first nine games in their second season at Step Two. The Mackrelmen reached the play-offs in their inaugural National League South campaign last term. They beat Braintree Town 2-1 in the Eliminator, before narrowly losing at Oxford City in the semi-final.
Hinshelwood’s men won plenty of plaudits last term, and this season they will be looking to push on.
Worthing also lifted the Sussex Senior Cup last term, beating Bognor Regis Town 8-7 on penalties at the AMEX Stadium. Young goalkeeper Will Tillman proved to be the hero, saving the deciding penalty on his first team debut.
It was honours even across the three meetings in league and cup last term, with a 1-1 draw at Worthing proceeding the Sports’ cup win. The Rebels, though, avenged that loss with a 2-0 win here at Priory Lane back in January.
Form Guide: (Recent –>)
The Sports: L W W L L
Worthing: D W L W W
14 January 2023 – Eastbourne Borough 0 Worthing 2
01 October 2022 – Worthing 1 Eastbourne Borough 2 (FA Cup Q3)
29 August 2022 – Worthing 1 Eastbourne Borough 1
Prices listed below are our matchday prices. Supporters have until midnight tonight (15 September) to purchase at a discounted rate online here.
Adults – £18
Concessions – £12 (Available to Over 65’s and Blue Light Card holders (ID required)
Under 18s & Students – £6
Please note that season tickets are not valid for this fixture.
Away supporters must enter the stadium via The Peter Fountain Stand only.
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