The new generation of players at Eastbourne Borough delivered a clear message to the fans, management and the rest of the Blue Square South that they good enough to compete in this league.
Boro’ followed up their 3-0 victory at Dorchester with a 5-0 demolition of Bromley in what was one of the most complete performances seen at Priory Lane for many seasons.
They now hope to carry their good form into the Bank Holiday weekend double header where they face a tough trip to Welling followed by a home clash with Chelmsford.
Young Sam Cole (pictured) caught the eye on Tuesday with two goals from left back, his second being one of the better goals you will see this season.
Defender Ollie Rowe was immaculate in central defence alongside Gary Elphick and throw into the equation the talents of Simon Johnson, Steve Brinkhurst and Ethan Strevett, and it’s little wonder boss Garry Wilson has reason for cautious optimism.
“This could be their time,” said the Eastbourne Borough manager.
“We have players, more experienced players out of the side through injuries but if they continue to perform they could find it hard to get back.”
Of Cole’s marauding performance from left back, Wilson added, “He did well and is showing why Nick and I brought him to the club.
“He is a talented player and good in training but he is still developing and it’s important not to put too much pressure on the lad.”
Eight goals in two games delighted fans after a stuttering start, but for Wilson the two clean sheets are of equal importance.
“It’s an area we needed to improve. Last season we conceded far too many and we have been working on that.
“For most of the match (Bromley) we looked tight and organised and that’s something we hope to continue.”
And they will certainly need to be at their defensive best on Saturday. Welling are a strong team in the South this season and in striker Richard Pugh they have a player capable of upsetting the most organised of defences.
Wilson added, “Richard is good player, we have come up against him a few times and if you are not careful he can hurt you.
“They will be full of confidence, they have had a good start to the season so we are expecting a tough game.”
On the injury front Carl Rook came off the bench on Tuesday to make his Boro’ league debut.
The striker looked a bit rusty but he will likely be handed his first start in place of the suspended Eddie Hutchinson.
Star summer signing Gary Hart continues his rehabilitation following an operation on his vertebrae. The 34-year-old could be out for another month as yet.
Gary Charman, who looked so impressive in pre-season, could also be on the casulaty list for some time with a calf problem sustained in the opening league match against Farnborough.
Left back Sonny Cobbs is back in training following a leg injury but could struggle to re-claim his place due to the fine form of Cole.
Keeper Clark Masters is also sidelined with a leg injury.
Skipper Ben Austin is expected to out for some time. He has had his groin operation put back until mid September and will require a six-week recovery time.
There was however good news for fans hoping to see the return of flying winger Ross Treleaven.
The attack-minded youngster with a ‘Rory Delap’ style long throw has not seen first team action for 11 months but he came through 45 minutes for the reserves against Woking last week.
On Monday Boro’ welcome Chelmsford to Priory Lane and Wilson hopes that the display against Bromley will encourage a few more people through the turnstiles.
“Hopefully word will spread and we will get a good crowd in for Monday.
“Our aim this season is to play good football and get the crowds back up once again.”