There are few who will be more delighted than manager Danny Bloor that Sonny Cobbs has returned to his Eastbourne Town starting line-up.
After a tough pre-season, the Town boss happily gave Cobbs his season debut in their 2-2 draw away at Folkestone Invicta last weekend and was rewarded for his decision as Cobbs scored the first goal and won the penalty that allowed the Saffrons outfit to equalise in the 92nd minute.
It was a performance that highlighted just how influential the centre-back can be and Bloor admits he’s delighted to have him available again.
He said, “Obviously he’s a player with momentous ability but he needs people to believe in him, and I do, absolutely.
“He’s going to be a very important player for us this season.”
This weekend, Town travel to Sussex County League Division Two side Littlehampton Town for their FA Cup qualifying first round clash and, despite the two-tier gap in the football hierarchy, Town should be wary of the challenge Littlehampton present.
Both teams eased through their preliminary round matches, with Town seeing off Chessington and Hook United while their weekend hosts caused a shock by beating Bognor Regis Town 3-0.
That scalp sent out a warning that they meant business; a message that was received loud and clear by Town boss Bloor.
He said, “I’ve had Littlehampton watched and we know they’re having a good season, they’re unbeaten in the league so far.
“We won’t be taking them lightly. We’ll head into it confidently but we will prepare as if they are just another Ryman League team.”
The side will be boosted by the return of first-team players Ben Austin and Danny Curd, while Adam Davidson, who has been sidelined with an injury so far this season, will making his return for the reserve team on Friday night.
However, even with those absentees last weekend, Town managed their best result of the season so far by coming from behind twice to end Folkestone’s 100 per cent record, showing just how important strength in depth can be.
Bloor said, “Based on the balance of play and chances, we probably deserved to win but, if you’d said to me before that we were going to draw away at Folkestone, I’d have taken it.
“It was some of the best football we’ve played so far this season, and to score two goals without Danny Curd is really pleasing too.
“We’ve decided that this season we’re going to make the best possible use of our substitutes. Football isn’t just about 11 men now, it’s about the full team and it’s great we’ve got people who can come in and fill roles more than capably.
“Everyone is important and we’ve used our substitutes to good effect so far this season, long may that continue.”
INSET: Sonny Cobbs scored and created goals for Eastbourne Town at Folkestone last Saturday