Eastbourne Borough will be hoping for a change in fortune when they welcome Farnborough to Priory Lane today.
Whilst performances have improved under Adam Murray, points still remain elusive in the bid to avoid the drop.
And with games coming thick and fast, the Sports know that going on a good run of form will take them out of the bottom four.
Last Time Out
They say that decisions even themselves out over a season… and if that’s the case then Adam Murray’s side could well be in for a rub of the green.
Conditions made Tuesday night’s contest less of a football match and more of a test who could put the most passes together before the wind took the ball away from them.
But it goes down as another defeat. The Sports seem to be turning the corner under Murray, but are being let down by switching off when it counts.
Moussa Diarra’s first goal for the club gave Borough the lead on Tuesday – the third time in as many matches the Sports have gone in front.
But they’ve only managed to take one point from those three games – and will need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to turn their form around.
Spencer Day’s Farnborough side come to Priory Lane looking to return to winning ways themselves.
That comes after Myles Judd’s late strike saw Hemel Hempstead Town come from behind to win 2-1 at Vauxhall Road on Tuesday night.
The loss in Hertfordshire made it three defeats in a row since the turn of the year, following on from a 2-1 defeat at St. Albans and a 4-2 reverse at home to struggling Havant & Waterlooville.
Tuesday night’s results leaves Boro in 14th spot in the National League South standings – 12 points better off than the Sports having played a game fewer.
The Yellows have had a fairly inconsistent campaign to date, and will be looking to get their first points of 2024 this afternoon.
Despite only playing three games since the New Year, there has been plenty of off-field activity at Cherrywood Road with four new faces coming in recently – including centre forward Harvey Bradbury.
Head to Head
Games between the two teams have often been close – just three times over the 17 previous meetings has there been a team to win by over one goal. On all three occasions, it’s been The Sports who have done it.
Many Borough fans would bite your hand off for a repeat of 2013’s 5-2 win – with Chris Shephard scoring a hat-trick for Tommy Widdrington’s side.
Last season, goals from Shiloh Remy and Luke Peace gave the Sports a 2-0 win at Priory Lane, and the Sports will be hoping for a repeat of that result this afternoon.
The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in Hampshire in the second game of the season, with Stefan Vukoje on target for the Sports.
Today’s match will not be segregated at Priory Lane. Whilst the deadline for getting tickets cheaper online has passed, you may still buy yours ahead of kick off either online here or via our Ticket Office at the front of the stadium.
Matchday admission prices are as follows: Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 18s & Students £6 and Under 12s are free with a paying adult.
Spectators are kindly requested to use the car parks provided at the ground and not to park in Priory Road or on the surrounding roads.
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of ‘Borough’ – the official matchday programme. Available for just £3 from around the ground, our 52-page offering has the latest news, reports, interviews and much more!
How to Follow
For those unable to make it to Priory Lane this evening, you can follow The Sports’ progress across our social media channels – including live match text commentary on our X (formerly Twitter) Channel – @EBFC_Official.