Match Preview – Eastbourne Borough

After picking up just a single point from their last three away matches, City will be hoping to follow up the excellent form shown against East Thurrock when they make their second visit this month to Sussex on Saturday, this time to Eastbourne Borough. City fans will be encouraged that the Sports have the same record from their last three home fixtures, with Poole Town returning from Priory Lane with an emphatic 4-0 win two weeks ago. And we have a good record in our eight visits, winning three of the last five, including a 2-1 victory on the recently installed 3G surface back in March.

As with Whitehawk’s ground, Priory Lane is located in the town’s outskirts and its elevated position means it can get a little fresh with the sea breezes. Fortunately the fixtures computer has been kinder to us this season and not sent us there in January or February as has been the norm, but warm clothing is still recommended!

For an independent view of the ground, the excellent Football Ground Guide has a review at…

While there are no pubs of note in the surrounding area, the large, comfortable clubhouse is one of the best in this league. For those supporters making a weekend of it, a brisk walk to Beachy Head and a stroll around the Marina are recommended and they may be interested in the annual light procession on Saturday evening – a street event of live music, jugglers, food, drink and a woodland grotto!

Getting there

The trip from Bath will take around three hours with the Supporters Club coach leaving Twerton Park at 0845. Full details can be found at…

The train journey from Bath Spa is possible via either Reading or London, but will take some four hours and a three mile bus or taxi trip to the ground from Eastbourne station.

Whichever means of travel you use to get to Eastbourne, have a safe journey and hopefully the reward of three very welcome points for the City!