Boxer Brown adds punch to Boro

Eastbourne Borough stand-in captain Danny Brown insists Boro are not punching above their weight and should be mixing it with the Blue Square Premier elite this season.

Brown, 28, who competes as a Thai Boxer in his spare time, joined a relegation threatened Boro side in October and has gone on to skipper the team in Paul Armstrong's absence.

The ex-Crawley and Cambridge United captain missed four games after cracking two ribs at Burton Albion. But his arrival has certainly added some punch to a side that, at times, looked lightweight against the division's big hitters.

After seeing Boro rise to 11th in the table and win four of their last five games, the combative midfielder said, "With a couple of shrewd additions this side can compete with the top sides - no question about that.There is nothing in this league we should worry about.

"I have been at the so-called bigger clubs and played in this league for a while and our first choice side is more than a match.

"The feeling around the club is that it would be great if we stay up. But this squad is capable of more than that.

"We have done well to get to mid-table and now we should kick on from there."

Brown, who lives in Essex, turned down a number of full-time offers to join the Boro cause and he insists he has no regrets.

"I am enjoying my football and enjoying playing part-time. I have been able to spend more time with my family instead of being stuck on motorways travelling to and from training. It gives me a chance to go to the gym and do my Thai Boxing as well.

"I have been boxing for a few years now. It is great for your fitness and helps get out the aggression. It has saved me a bit of money in fines since I started."

Club captain Paul Armstrong is expected to be out for another month with his head injury and Brown has no problem leading the side in his absence

"I was surprised to be made captain but I did the job at Crawley and at Cambridge and I'm happy to do it here. I certainly don't put my hand up for these things. The manager just said 'Brownie your captain.' I don't know why they always ask me?"

"We had a good result at Forest Green and the side is playing well. If we can get a win against York we will be in a good position to challenge higher up the table.

"We have turned it around and I think our defeat at Rushden was the reason for that. We brought in the lads from Plymouth and they are the sort of shrewd signings I was talking about.

"Ashley (Barnes) knows what this level is about and Dan (Smith) got his goal at Forest Green and is starting to show what he can do as well.

"We are going well and we should not even be thinking about relegation."