Eastbourne Borough’s search for a return to winning ways takes them to Hardenhuish Park on Saturday when they travel to Chippenham Town.

The Sports go into the game in Wiltshire on the back of consecutive draws with Dartford and Slough Town, but will be hunting for maximum points on the road.

With a growing injury list, Mark Beard will have to trust his young squad to show character and get a result.

The Opposition

Chippenham Town come into the game one point better off than the Sports having played one game fewer. However, they have only one win to their name since the end of August.

That came courtesy of a 2-0 win at Truro City on September 30, and last time out played out a goalless draw at Welling United.

The stalemate at Park View Road was the Bluebirds’ third clean sheet of the campaign having lost 4-1 and then 2-1 at home to Dartford and St. Albans City prior to last weekend.

Gary Horgan’s side will be boosted by the addition of Tom Mehew, who joined from Havant & Waterlooville today and is expected to be available for selection.

Last Time Out

Missed opportunities proved to be the difference once again for Eastbourne Borough after they were made to make do with a point against Slough Town.

The Sports were leading 3-1 going into the last half an hour, but the visitors came back strongly and could have even won the game themselves at Priory Lane.

Leone Gravata, Decarrey Sheriff and Zak Emmerson goals had put the Sports on course for a return to winning ways.

But Slough had other ideas, with Tyrese Dyce’s header six minutes from time earning them a share of the spoils.

Borough had their chances, particularly in the first half, but ultimately were made to pay as they were made to settle for a point.

Head to Head

The Sports boast a strong record against Chippenham. In the nine meetings over the years, the Bluebirds have won just once – that coming when Borough visited Hardenhuish Park for the first time back in 2018.

Since then, the Sports have won one and drawn two of their three trips to Wiltshire, with Borough winning four of the five meetings at Priory Lane.

Last season, Shiloh Remy scored twice as the Sports came from behind to beat Chippenham 2-1 at Priory Lane, before it was honours even in the reverse fixture.

Remy scored from the spot to give Borough the lead at half-time, but Joe Parker’s goal eight minutes from time earned Chippenham a point back in March.

How to Follow

The Supporters Club are running a coach to Wiltshire. To book a seat on the coach and/or to sign up for supporters club membership please email ebfc.sc23@gmail.com or call 07709 012552.

For those who aren’t making the journey, you can follow the Sports across our social media channels, with live match updates on our X channel (former Twitter).