Draw at leaders points way forward forTown

Assistant Manager Sammy Donnelly is expecting more of the same from his Eastbourne Town side as they prepare to go to Tooting & Mitcham in the Ryman League South tomorrow (Saturday).

An excellent point away to league leaders Walton Casuals last weekend provides reason for optimism in the Eastbourne camp.

Despite being rooted to the foot of the table, Donnelly believes they can get something from Tooting, a side they beat in the FA Vase earlier in the season.

“It’s difficult because we’re very unpredictable”, he said. “But if we go into the game with the same attitude as last week then I’m hopeful we’ll get a result.

“Every player put in a good shift last week and they showed real team spirit.”

Their opponents will know all about them and they’ll be keen to reverse the fortunes of a 3-1 loss at the hands of the seasiders last month.

Donnelly is also aware of the threat a Tooting side, who are in good form, pose.

He said, “They’re in a good run of form but we beat them in the FA Vase. That makes it doubly hard though as they will know exactly what to expect.”

A win could see Town move off of the bottom of the table and with three of the four fixtures after the Tooting game being at home, they could start to think about moving up the table.

The assistant boss admitted that he hates being in this position and is keen for his side to make strides forward as soon as possible.

Manager Tony Reid has every confidence in his players doing just that. He believes the atmosphere among the players will be the catalyst for a push up the league.

He said, “The boys are absolutely buzzing. One or two have been playing pranks on me all week!

“It’s all light hearted stuff and it shows they’re in great spirits.”

Reid, who once played for Tooting, is likely to keep faith with the same side that earned that valuable point at Walton.

The only absentees from the squad are long-term casualty Steve Elliot, full-back Nathan Daly and tricky winger Aaron Watson.