Hillians defeat did us a huge favour – boss Bloor

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Eastbourne Town manager Danny Bloor believes the clear-the-air talks held following the defeat to Burgess Hill earlier this month could set his side up for a strong second half of the season.

Bloor was furious with his team’s performance as they slipped out of the Sussex Senior Cup on January 5.

The former Worthing boss made his feelings known in the Saffrons dressing room after the game and two first-team regulars –Ashley Robinson and Charlie Farmer – left the club later in the week.

But since then Town have won successive games in Ryman division one south, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

And Bloor reckons that defeat could prove to be a blessing in disguise. He said, “I think that could well turn out to be a pivotal point in the season, sometimes you’ve got to look for positives in defeat and that could be an important point.”

Despite those shut outs, the manager insists his side will continue to entertain as an attacking force.

“We’ve been doing both,” he said. “We’ve just been a little bit more solid defensively. I think the full-backs have made a big difference, Joe Goldsmith and Owen Kessack. Left back has been our problem position, we’ve had to play right-footers there which obviously isn’t ideal, but Owen, a 19-year-old, who’s a left-footer has come in and given us some good shape in that position.”

Kessack, who made his debut on New Year’s Day, came through the ranks at Gillingham before spending two years with Cambridge United’s youth set-up, while Goldsmith arrived from Maidstone United at the start of the month.

Town host fellow mid-table side Godalming tomorrow (Saturday). The club is offering free entry to all supporters and will be collecting for their partner charity ICT 4 Autism throughout the afternoon.

Bloor added, “It’s fantastic, it’s great for the fans to be able to come along, we’ve won two in a row and now we’re going for the hat-trick. It has been well-documented that we’ve been playing good football. It’ll be another tough test, similar to the match last Saturday.”

Greg Manton and Brad Manton are both unavailable for the match and could be replaced by Dean Brooks and Aaron Hopkinson.

Ryan James, who was sent off last Saturday, is also set to start – his suspension does not come into effect for another week.

TOWN skipper Greg Manton challenges for a high ball during Eastbourne Town’s 2-0 victory angainst Chipstead at the Saffrons on Saturday. The Chipstead keeper was injured in the challenge and was later taken to hospital with a hip injury.

PICTURE: Terry Connolly.