No wonder Eastbourne Town striker Matt Ferdinando looked so pleased after scoring Town’s equaliser against Merstham last week.
Not only did his close range headed goal force an equaliser against Merstham in Town’s last home game of the season, it was also his first goal for Town this year and his first strike following a lengthy injury after a car crash.
The pacey 20-year-old striker from Woking has rarely figured for Town this season as the youngster sustained serious injuries following the crash.
After his accident it was mentioned Ferdinando may not be able to play again but the striker has worked hard to regain his fitness and is back in boss Danny Bloor’s first team plans.
He impressed as a substitute at the Saffrons against Whitstable last month and Bloor has had no hesitation in throwing him into the action against Merstham.
Ferdinando replaced Matt Geard on 62 minutes and repaid his manager’s faith with another lively display and the all-important goal.
His moment came when he reacted first to Danny Curd’s effort and pounced to head home from six yards.
With Geard suspended for Town’s final game of the season at Godalming tomorrow (Saturday), Ferdinando is expected play a starting role alongside Curd.
Bloor said, “We are all delighted for Matt and there is every chance he will start the game on Saturday.
“He does not want the season to end. He has worked hard to get back into the team and I was pleased to see him back on the score sheet. We know he is a good player and hopefully we will see the best of him next year.
“We have been unlucky with injuries this year and I’m convinced we would have finished much higher up the table with a full squad.
He and Curd have missed most of the campaign. Danny is another who does not want the season to end.”
With Ferdinando and Curd firing on all cylinders Bloor expects his side to give Godalming a real run for their money.
There is a lot riding on the match for Godalming. The hosts will be going all out for victory to try and cement their play-off spot.
They are fifth in the Ryman League division one south table and victory would ensure a place in the play-offs and a chance to make the step up to the Ryman Premier.
Town have performed well against the top sides this season, most notably Bognor and Whitehawk, and Bloor is looking for another rousing display and Town to finish on a high.
“We want to finish on a positive. Godalming will be at us because there is a lot riding on it for them.
“But we will play our strongest possible team and go there with all guns blazing.”
Eastbourne Town will finish the campaign in a respectable mid table position.
They sit 13th on 46 points and victory tomorrow could see them overtake Walton and Hersham who are one place above them on 47 points.
That would represent a decent campaign for a side who have for a long periods been beset with injuries and lost one of their best players in Nathan Crabb to Lewes earlier in the season.
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