Eastbourne Town have drafted in Charlton Athletic apprentice goalkeeper Callum Christie to try and stem the flow of goals aganist them.
Town have conceded 10 goals from five games so far this season and boss Danny Bloor has acted swiftly to address the problem.
Although it would be harsh to lay the blame of Town’s poor defensive record squarely on last season’s player of the year and current goalkeeper Kieran Thorp, Bloor believes the arrival of the ex-Burgess Hill man will be healthy for the club.
The Town boss said,“Since Keiran arrived he has had a free run. He has not had any competition and I think it will do him and the team some good.”
Former Republic of Ireland youth international Thorp was at fault for the first goal during Town’s FA Cup defeat at Dulwich Hamlet last week.
Bloor admitted he has yet to make a decision as to who starts between the posts when Town visit Whitstable in the league on Saturday (tomorrow) but Christie, who has also played for the Cyrstal Palace youth side, could find himself thrown straight into first team action.
Bloor added, “Callum has joined us for the season and we will make a decision ahead of each game.
“It will come down to who is performing well and who we feel is best for that particular match.
“I have not brought in another ‘keeper because I believe one is better than other. It comes to down to facts. The stats say we have conceded two goals a game from five matches. You don’t win many football matches if you do that and I had to do something about it.”
Tomorrow’s opponents Whitstable have had a similar start to the campaign as Town. They have also won two and lost two of their opening four league matches but Town are one place ahead of them due to goals scored.
“The Town boss said, “We are looking forward to getting back into league action after the FA Cup disappointment.
“We have always had good games against Whitstable and we are looking forward to this one.”
Luke Denton is unavailable for selection and Steve Elliot and Matt Percival are likely to miss out with injury.
Adam Davidson is likely to return after recovering from a knee injury picked up in Croydon.
Attackers Nathan Crabb and Danny Curd are set to resume their promising partnership.
On Tuesday night Town welcome Hythe Town to the Saffrons.
FA Youth Cup progress
Meanwhile Town youth side enjoyed a fine 3-1 FA Youth Cup victory against Faversham Town at the Saffrons on Monday.