Alarm bells ringing as players fail to turn up

Paul Daubeney
Paul Daubeney

Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney said he will not throw in the towel after a stressful start to the season.

The United boss was left fuming after a 4-1 defeat at Seaford on Bank Holiday Monday which means his side are still searching for their first win of the Division Two campaign.

Daubeney was left scratching around for players and admitted he had considered playing himself up front after two players failed to show up and one arrived 30 minutes late.

Midfielder Callum Holles, who has been one of United’s better players this season, and Caolan O’Reilly both failed to show while defender Lee Jules arrived late due to a punctured tyre.

Daubeney said, “I was fuming, to be honest.

“Callum said he had a abscess on his tooth and slept through his alarm and Caolon just didn’t turn-up.

“It’s no good to me if players don’t let me know and it’s not fair on the rest of the team.

“It will certainly have an effect on my team selection for this weekend at Oakwood.”

There were rumours circulating The Crouch on Monday that this could be Daubeney’s last game in charge and the former reserve team boss, who took over from Brian Dennis last season said, “It did cross my mind.

“Things have not been going our way and last weekend was horrendous with injuries and unavailability – I’m amazed we got a team out.

“Despite it all we competed well in the first half but ran out of steam. After the match, many of the board members patted my back, told me to keep going and said they were behind me.”

The next two matches could be crucial. Oakwood are just above United in the league and defeat, even at this early stage, could see United in for another struggle.

On Tuesday Daubeney’s men welcome Westfield to the Oval. The boss said, “I keep saying it but we just need that first win to get the confidence back. I still believe we have good players here – they just need to show it on match days.”

Young midfielder Jack McClean impressed against Seaford and will likely retain his place in the starting XI.

Skipper Ben Putland has ruled himself out with an ankle injury and could be out for several weeks.