Evolution not revolution for Bloor at the Saffrons at the Saffs

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In Egypt revolution has been on the agenda. Here in Eastbourne, Town boss Danny Bloor is thinking evolution.

There may be some hiccups along the way, but his side is a work in progress, says the manager.

No shame in this narrow defeat to the league leaders then. Greg Manton’s strike 10 minutes from time gave Bognor a late fright, but first-half efforts from Michael Birmingham and Ben Johnson had given Town a mountain – or pyramid – to climb.

Speaking afterwards Bloor remained upbeat. He said, “It’s one of those things, we gave the goal away at a bad time, but they are the side who are most likely to win the league, so no disgrace, we’ve got a lot of plus points from today.

“I thought Gianluca (Del Gaudio) coming on was superb, I thought Dean Brooks is an option now to play up front, Hassan (Janneh) in midfield looks like he’s going to be a player and also young James Fitzgibbon.

“So plus points from today. Disappointed, but we have to worry about Eastbourne Town.”

On Saturday, Bognor included James Fraser and Jon Marzetti in their line-up, who both turned out for Town last season, as well as Kane Wills, who made just one start for Eastbourne Borough during his spell at Priory Lane earlier in this campaign.

Town, back at home after two away defeats, began brightly on a quagmire of a surface but not the first time this term, were caught with a sucker punch. Visiting skipper Birmingham curled a fine free kick past the flailing Kieron Thorp after eight minutes.

Early goals have been the bane of Town’s campaign, but they responded well to the setback, with Sam Crabb offering a measure of threat on the break.

Thorp had to be alert ten minutes before the break to deny leading scorer Jason Prior but the lead was doubled in first-half injury time. Winger Johnson cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the top left-hand corner.

Town were undone by two moments of brilliance; never were they cut open by the Rocks. Matt Ferdinando came close to pulling a goal back after the interval but his free kick flew narrowly over. It needed the introduction of defender Dean Brooks, thrown on as a makeshift striker, to significantly unsettle the Bognor back line.

With 10 minutes left his influence in the 18-yard-box was crucial and Greg Manton arrived at the back post to prod home. They couldn’t repeat the trick before the whistle but Town remain six points clear of the Ryman division one south drop zone.

Bloor’s side face another tricky test this evening (Wednesday, 7.45pm) when promotion-chasing Met Police visit the Saffrons.

Town: Thorp 7, Goldsmith 6, Kessack 7, G. Manton 7, Elliott 6, Patton 7, Ferdinando 6, Crabb 7, Rivers 6 (Del Gaudio, 56 mins), B. Manton 6 (Brooks, 76 mins), Janneh 7 (Fitzgibbon, 73 mins).

MOM: Sam Crabb

Subs not used: Farrell, Davidson.

Referee: Ollie Jackson (Sittingbourne) 5. Att: 286