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The Vanarama National League South

Preview: Eastbourne Borough

A look ahead to tomorrow’s match at Eastbourne Borough.


Next up for Slough Town is a trip to the south coast to face Eastbourne Borough, with Scott Davies' men aiming to bounce back from a frustrating loss against St. Albans City on Tuesday night, writes Freddie Gatrell.

The Rebels were unfortunate not to come away with anything on Tuesday night, as a late goal brought an end to the unbeaten streak that had begun nearly two months ago.

In what will be a good test of character for Slough, Saturday's opponents Eastbourne Borough will prove an important match for the Rebels, aiming to take points off a side sitting only two places and three points above them in the table.

The Sports have had a domestic campaign not too dissimilar to the Rebels, currently sitting on 15 points after 14 games played, with a game in hand over Slough. They have only won 4 times this season, drawing 3 and losing 7, with their most recent victory coming against St. Albans, courtesy of a Zac Emmerson hat-trick.

Since then, they have lost to Weymouth and drawn against Dartford, so will inevitably be a side hungry for all three points. This will be the recipe for a hotly contested match, added to the fact that Eastbourne did the double over the Rebels last season, including a comprehensive 5-1 victory at Arbour Park.

Manager of Borough, Mark Beard has an extensive CV of footballing experience, becoming a prominent face as the first-team coach at Dorking Wanderers, as well as his time at Brighton & Hove Albion, where, as a U17s coach at the club, he won the Premier League Youth Cup. As a player, Beard boasts experience as a well-rounded and respected player, with his career spanning over 18 years, playing nearly 500 games at clubs such as Millwall, Sheffield United, Unión Deportiva San Pedro, and AFC Wimbledon, to name just a few. After departing Dorking Wanderers, who have seen a meteoric rise in recent years, Eastbourne fans will hope Beard's tenure will be successful, after joining the club this summer.

Beard will likely look to his talented goal scorer Zak Emmerson for inspiration this Saturday. Emmerson’s three goals against St. Albans make a good case that the 19-year-old Blackpool loanee will have a long future in football. Having made his debut for Oldham Athletic at the age of 15 years and 73 days old, his 85th-minute substitute appearance made him the second youngest EFL player ever. Since joining Eastbourne in September 2023, Emmerson has gone on to make six appearances, scoring three goals. The young centre-forward, on loan at the Sports until January 2024, will be aiming to cause problems for the Slough defence, who will keep a keen eye on the youngster.

The action kicks off on Saturday afternoon at the SO Legal Community Stadium at 3pm, with live commentary available from Rebels Radio.


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