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Opposition Report: Eastbourne Borough

A Detailed Look At Sunday's FA Cup Hosts

6 November 2020

Andy Pelling

Blackpool will be looking to build on their two consecutive victories as they travel to Eastbourne Borough in the first round of the FA Cup.

Eastbourne, who play their football in the National League South, will be looking to build on their strong form, after winning five of their last six games.

Sunday’s hosts, who sit sixth in the National League South table, come off the back of recent victories against Hampton & Richmond Borough and Welling.

Meanwhile, Neil Critchley’s side will be going into the FA Cup tie full of confidence, after their consecutive League victories against Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic.

The Hosts

Eastbourne Borough are already familiar with the FA Cup, after coming up against Oxford United during the 05/06 season in the first round of the competition. A battling performance saw them hold the U’s to a 1-1 draw at Priory Lane, before falling to a 3-0 defeat at the Kassam Stadium in the reverse fixture.

A strong start to their 20/21 League campaign has seen Danny Bloor’s side five of their first seven games in all competitions. Despite a 3-0 opening day defeat to Dorking Wanderers, the Sports bounced back strongly with a convincing 4-1 victory over Hemel.

Sunday’s hosts, who will be looking to make history by reaching the second round of the FA Cup for the first time, strengthened their side in the summer ahead of another busy campaign. The three-time Sussex Division Three League Cup winners made five new additions to their squad, with experienced midfielder Chris Whelpdale and youngster Kai Woollard-Innocent joining the ranks at Priory Lane.

Key Player

An experienced forward with an eye for goal, Charlie Walker joined the Sports in 2018 from fellow National League South side St. Albans City. The Brighton-born forward has since gone on to make 50 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

The Manager

Danny Bloor was appointed as Eastbourne Borough manager in November 2019, having already been at the club under former managers Jamie Howell and Mark McGhee.

After taking over from former Peterborough United and Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Sergio Torres, former Sports star Bloor is assisted by Scott Chalmers-Stevens as first team coach and Sergio Torres as player-assistant manager at Priory Lane.

Bloor will be hoping to guide the club towards promotion after an impressive start to the campaign, as well as guiding the club one step further in the FA Cup this time around against the Seasiders on Sunday.

Watch The Game Live

Despite taking place behind closed doors, you can still watch Blackpool in FA Cup action from 2:00pm live on BT Sport 1.

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