Boss Bloor refuses to take Horsham lightly

EASTBOURNE TOWN manager Danny Bloor is looking towards Saturday’s clash with basement club Horsham YMCA hoping to pull away from the relegation dogfight.

Bloor went to watch YMCA’s 2-0 loss to Godalming Town last weekend but was impressed with the side despite their defeat and insists he will not be taking them lightly. “They are a good passing side and played some good football.

“We’ll be preparing for this game the same way we would if facing Whitehawk or Bognor, there’s not much in this league and every side deserves respect.”

Bloor has been pleased with recent performances despite four consecutive losses but admits it is time to get points on the board.

“I’m not worried about other teams, I’m worried about Eastbourne Town FC and getting points on the board.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day and we’ll be taking it game by game to ensure we’re playing Ryman League football next season.”

Bloor is hoping Town can get some wins under their belt to allow him to bring through the club’s young talent, winger Gianluca Del-Gaudio started against Met Police last week and Bloor wants to give more youngsters a chance to play.

“I gave Bryce Masters his debut against Faversham and Charlie Francis has been in good form for the reserves, he’s always done well for me.”

Bloor has shown he isn’t scared to make changes to the side and is hoping Tim Rivers will be fit to return from a rib injury on Saturday, while Joe Goldsmith is available after suspension.

Meanwhile, Bloor admits Danny Simmonds departure will be a loss, after the player-coach moved to Rye United and freed up a space both on the pitch and in the coaching staff.

The boss has acted quickly to bring in ex-Brighton defender Adam Hinshelwood to support his coaching team, Hinshelwood was forced to retire at the end of last season with a long standing knee injury and will coach the Town squad when possible.

However, Bloor won’t be looking to bring in any new players to replace Simmonds on the field and plans to give a chance for the likes of Francis and Del-Gaudio to stake a claim for a more permanent place in the team, starting at the Saffrons this Saturday.