Eastbourne Borough v Slough Town, National South, Priory Lane, Langney, East Sussex: Saturday 7th September. Kick-Off 15h00
While Borough have not had an auspicious start to the season - they have failed to score in any of their five away fixtures - it must be remembered that these included games against four of the 'top five' form teams. Their current league record being:-
P 9: Home - W2 D1 L1 GF7 GA5 ; Away - P5 W0 D2 L3 GF 0 GA6 - Points 10, Position 15th
Billericay Town L 1 - 0 (A); Tonbridge Angels W 2 - 0 (H, att. 656); Oxford City D 1 - 1 (H, att. 454);Maidstone United D 0 - 0 (A); Braintree Town L 5 - 0 (A); Dulwich Hamlet L 0 - 3 (H, att. 658); Havant & Waterlooville D 0 - 0 (A); Hampton & Richmond Borough W 4 - 1 (H, att. 511); Welling United D 0 - 0 (A).
Their goal have been netted by Elliott Romain (3 goals - a hat-trick against Hampton in their last home fixture); Greg Luer (2 goals); Kristian Campbell (1 goal) and Nick Wheeler (1 goal).
Eastbourne Borough have been members of the National League for 16 seasons, including three at the top level. Last season saw them gain 42 points, ending the season in 18th position. P42: Home W6 D6 L9 GF33 GA34: Away W4 D6 L11 GF19 GA31
Rebels played them twice on the Sussex coast last term. Recording an amazing 2 - 4 league victory despite being reduced to ten men after just ten minutes (Mark Nisbet seeing red). Slough's goals were scored by Matty Stevens, who hit a hat-trick - 16m, 20m and 63m and James Dobson 58m pen. Attendance 645.
A month later, in October, Rebels won again 1 - 2 in the 3rd qualifying round of the F.A. Cup. Ben Harris 7m and James Dobson 58m being the scorers. Attendance 802.
The league encounter at Arbour Park, in late April, was also eventful as Slough town needed all three points to maintain their promotion play-off challenge. It looked successful when sub. Billy Clifton netted a 90th minute penalty to give Slough the lead, 1 - 0; however Borough spoiled any premature celebrations when they equalised in the 5th minute of time added.
In last seasons F.A. Cup Eastbourne Borough beat Brantham Athletic 0 - 1 (A) in the 2nd round qualifying, Dulwich Hamlet 4 - 3 (H) in the next round, before suffering defeat at the feet of Slough Town as mentioned above.
The F.A. Trophy saw Borough knocked out by Dorchester Town 0 - 4 (H) in the 1st Round Proper, having beaten Dartford 2 - 3 (A, replay), following a 1 - 1 home draw in the previous round.
Bookies Odds: Eastbourne Borough Win 29/18; the Draw 27/11; Slough Town Win 17/10
Prediction: Despite odd lapses Eastbourne appear to have a resolute defence, and a weak attack. While a draw seems the most likely outcome Rebels appear to like the Sussex coastal air.
Eastbourne Borough 0 - 1 Slough Town