An understanding wife-to-be sets strict target for Daubeney

Eastbourne United have not had too much to cheer this season but boss Paul Daubeney is still planning a major celebration later this year.

Charged with the task of rebuilding his side after a disappointing campaign, he also has to make plans for his wedding which is scheduled for October 14.

Luckily for Paul though, his wife-to-be is very understanding when it comes to football.

He said, “I’m sure I can fit the wedding planning in around all the football stuff.

“I’m under strict orders to have finished with it by the weekend before, but if needs must I guess can be a little bit crafty.”

This kind of positive attitude has stood Daubeney in good stead throughout an incredibly difficult season for United, who finished the season 19 points adrift at the bottom of the County League Division One. While no one expected the season to go quite as badly as it did, Daubeney knew from the very start that his team would be up against it.

He said, “When we sat down at the start of the year we knew we could struggle. We were hoping that some of the boys from the reserves could step up, but ultimately the gap was too much.

“It’s been very hard when you keep getting thumped every week, and part of me is glad that the season is over. We have to stay positive though. The new ground is due to be completed in March, and that’s an essential project if this club wants to move forward.

“We’ve got a first team squad with an average age of 20. These young players have gained some great experience this year, and if we can hold onto them then I hope we can bounce back at the first attempt.”