“Sports will start at Oxford City and close out the season at home to Concord Rangers.”
..... hosting Welling United on Tuesday the 7th and Truro City on Saturday August the 11th. Sports will close out the season at home to Concord Rangers.
Eastbourne Borough will take a trip down the M40, to Oxford City, when the new National South season opens on Saturday 4th August – before welcoming Steve King's Welling United for their first home fixture on the following Tuesday.
Locally-based King has just taken over the Wings managership, enticing Borough Player of the Year Gavin McCallum to join him in North-East Kent. His last visit to Priory Lane saw a dramatic New Year victory for Whitehawk, who were nonetheless relegated from National South. "It's busy busy from the very start," commented manager Jamie Howell. "We are of course back in training, and we know exactly what we have to do in this coming month. The series of friendlies will give us a steady build-up and we'll hit the ground running on August the 4th." "There's plenty of World Cup fever in the air at present! Everyone gets like a kid in the backyard at times like this, and the task for myself and my staff is to bottle some of that, and channel it into live action that will excite our supporters!"
The Sports face a packed opening month or so, with ten fixtures – a quarter of the season – to be played by mid-September. They include an appetising encounter with newly relegated Woking, who visit the Lane on August Bank Holiday, followed by a long haul to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 1st September.
And Jamie will need to store up a bottle or two of that inspiration for the long hard winter ahead. "Yep, we're already looking forward to Truro on February 2nd!" Borough will clock up more miles than in any season since 2010, when they last played in the Conference National. As well as Truro, long journeys westwards include Gloucester City, Torquay United, Bath City and Chippenham. And with no opponents closer than 60 miles away, the traditional "Christmas Derby" matches entail a Boxing Day trip to Dulwich Hamlet, with the return fixture at Priory Lane on New Year's Day – and a visit to Woking squeezed in between!
Full details of the season will be available here.
Updated 13:04 - 4 Jul 2018 by Lee Peskett