Daubeney: we can still get promoted

Paul Daubeney and Paul Sargent

Paul Daubeney and Paul Sargent

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‘We can still achieve promotion’

That was the clear message from Eastbourne United manager Paul Daubeney.

The Oval is a happy place at the moment. Work on improving the ground is well under way with the new £40k facilities set to be in place for next season.

And if Daubeney has his way, his ever-improving Eastbourne United side will be back in the top-flight of Sussex County League football.

Just one defeat from their last 13 games has propelled United up the division two table from rock bottom to ninth position.

On Saturday United travel to struggling Westfield before welcoming Seaford Town to the Oval on Monday, January 2.

Daubeney believes maximum points from these key games will put his side in a great position to challenge for third spot in the 2012.

“We are definitely in the mix.” Daubeney said. “We are playing well, the team is confident so why not? We are on a decent run and these players are starting to show what they can do.”

The players displayed their promotion credentials with a fine 1-0 Boxing Day victory at second-placed Hailsham thanks to a Peter Cooper penalty.

Daubeney added, “It was a great result for us and I think the players will take a lot of confidence from that.

“But we know what we have to do. We are not getting ahead of ourselves and we know we have to continue to work hard and remain organised.”

The boss is also grateful for the club for sticking by him during a poor run of results at the start of the season.

He said, “I was worried that the club might look to change things around. You never know if they want a manager who might be able to bring in an influx of players.

“But we are going in the right direction now. It takes a bit of time to build a side. I knew the players I wanted and now some of them are here and we are seeing the improvement.”