Whitehawk joint-manager Alan Payne is after redemption ahead of Eastbourne Borough’s trip to the Enclosed Ground on New Year’s Day.

The Hawks will be looking for an improved performance from that of Boxing Day’s 4-2 defeat in the reverse fixture, and Payne is hopeful of a reaction on Sunday.

In a game that had it all at Priory Lane, goals from Ryan Worrall, Mark Hughes, Nathaniel Pinney and Jamie Taylor gave the hosts a win that kept Borough in 12th spot in the National League South table – but moved them seven points clear of the Hawks.

Lucas Covolan’s red card at 1-1 no doubt changed the game, but the Hawks will be looking to return to winning ways on Sunday afternoon.

Payne said after the defeat: “Even with ten men I thought we were still in the game until they scored late on.

“The boys put in a lot of effort, but were let down by the sending off. I was very disappointed with the red card, and it left us with a big hill to climb.

“The sending off certainly cost us at least a point.”

The Hawks will be hopeful of adding to their squad before the game at East Brighton Park, with only thirteen different players starting in the last seven games.

“It shows that we need to add to the squad,” Payne added.

“The squad desperately needs adding to, if not in time for Sunday, then we will have new faces in before our game at Chelmsford.”