Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor admits he made a mistake in taking on too many players during the early stages of the season, but is now happy with the squad he has at his disposal.
Former Crystal Palace man Ashley Robinson – a near ever-present and the club’s joint leading scorer this term – was shown the door last week, along with midfielder Charlie Farmer.
And the manager insists he will be handing chances to the club’s young players during the second half of the season.
Of Robinson’s departure Bloor said, “In my time managing, at Burgess Hill, at Worthing and at Eastbourne Town, I’ve had ex-internationals, I’ve had people who have played masses of games in the Football League and without a shadow of a doubt Ashley is the most talented player I’ve had.
“But in life you can’t stand still. I wish Ashley the very best and I think he could get back to professional football.”
He added, “We’ve probably had too many players, and that’s totally down to me, not the coaching staff, my mistake.
The sides that do well, like Burgess Hill, Eastbourne Town under Ady (Colwell), you have a small close-knit group and if you need players get them from the youth team.
“We’ve lost a bit of focus in getting young players in. They are the future.
Once we get four or five more wins we’re safe from relegation then we can bring in more young players and look forward.”
Without Robinson – so often the team’s attacking fulcrum – Bloor believes it is now midfielder Brett Patton’s turn to shine.
The former Eastbourne Borough youngster was Gazette Sport’s man of the match in last Saturday’s victory over Sittingbourne.
“I’m really pleased with Brett,” he said. “By his own terms Brett didn’t do as well early on as I felt he would have done, he’s had one or two other things on his mind, but the past four games I saw the Brett Patton I’d signed. I’ve got a feeling you will see a guy who can become one of the best young players in Sussex.”
Town saw Wednesday’s scheduled home clash with Corinthian Casuals postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, but hope to be back in action at the Saffrons on Saturday when 10th placed Chipstead are the visitors in Ryman Division One South.
Striker Evan Archibald, who has been unavailable in recent weeks, could return to the squad.