Can Daubeney’s men stop prolific Leach and co?

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Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney says his side most stop Hailsham’s potent strike force if they are to have any chance of winning the eagerly anticipated Boxing Day derby.

The two sides have delivered some entertaining matches for the Christmas crowds over the years but with both teams bang in form and scoring plenty of goals, many feel this year could top the lot.

Hailsham are second in the league with strikers, Danny Leach, Shane Saunders and Jamie Salvidge knocking in the goals for fun.

While ever improving United, strengthened by the acquisitions of Peter Featherstone, Lee Jules, Billy Trickett, Simon Catt and former Hailsham striker Peter Cooper, are flying up the league table and have lost just once in 11 matches.

After Tuesday night’s impressive 3-0 triumph against Bexhill, boss Paul Daubeney said, “We are in good shape, playing some decent football and we cannot wait for the game. Hailsham on Boxing Day is a fixture we look forward to so let’s see what happens.

“We know they have a squad that should be competing in division one. Their strikers are very good and we have to do our best to stop them.

“But if we play our game and continue to improve as we have done then we can get a result, why not.”

Hailsham boss Kenny McCreadie said, “I love these Boxing Day games.

“The players know each other and it always adds a bit extra to the match.

“These games are one offs. The form book goes out the window. We know we will have to work hard all over the pitch to get a result against United.”

On Thursday, December 29 Hailsham welcome Mile Oak to the Beaconsfield.