Boss Bloor hoping to achieve cup ambition

Danny Bloor
Danny Bloor

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor is determined to achieve a long-standing FA Cup ambition this season.

Bloor has been involved in non-league football from the age of 16 but has never reached the first round proper of English football’s most prestigious cup contest.

On Sunday his side travel for the second preliminary qualifying round at Slough, who compete in the Evostick Southern League Division Central.

The Rebels are currently 10th in their division having won two, lost two and drawn one from their opening five matches.

Bloor has had his opponents watched and said they will provide stern opposition. Although, he insisted if his side ‘click’ they have every chance of claiming the £4,500 prize money and advancing to the third preliminary qualifying round. The third preliminary round winners will receive £7,500.

Town have already banked £3,000 having beaten County League two side Littlehampton in the previous round.

Bloor said, “It is a fantastic opportunity for us. It has been a long time since this Town has enjoyed a cup run so why not us this year?

“I have always wanted to reach the first round proper and if we produce a good performance on Sunday we have every chance of getting through.

“Slough are strong but if we show the spirit we showed at Littlehampton, plus add that bit of quality, we have a good chance.”

Other than Adam Davidson (knee), Town will travel to Slough at full-strength.

Bloor also hopes to install a new assistant manager following the departure of Danny Simmonds.

The Town boss added, “We all wish Danny well. He has decided at 37 that he wants to continue playing and good luck to him. He did very well for us here but we move on. The FA Cup is what we have to focus on.”