Familiar faces return to Saffrons

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Eastbourne Town will have to contend with a host of famillar faces if they are to topple Ryman League Division One South highfliers Burgess Hill Town on New Year’s Day.

Tony Reid’s struggling Town side welcome the 10th placed Hillians for a high-noon showdown at the Saffrons tomorrow (January 1).

Town are second from bottom in the table and are desperate to get the New Year off to a flying start - particuarly as they will face basement side Corinthian Casuals after Burgess Hill on Saturday, January 4.

However, standing in their way will be their former player-coach and ex-Borough stalwart Stuart Tuck who is currently assistant boss at Burgess Hill Town.

Pulling the strings in midfield for the visitors will be Paul Armstrong and Darren Budd, both of whom were key players in Eastbourne Borough’s promotion season to the Conference Premier five seasons ago.

Upfront will be another Borough old boy in Pat Harding while former Town marksman Danny Curd will be leading the line for the Hillians.

Also returning to the Saffrons will be midfielder Scott Kirkwood and full back Neil Watts, both played for Town during their previous boss Danny Bloor’s tenure at the club.

Despite Town’s lowly position they will always have a punchers chance with inform striker Billy Medlock banging in the goals.

Medlock is by far Eastbourne Town’s leading scorer with 15 goals and is fourth in the Ryman South behind Charlie Walker of Peacehaven (19), Ross Allen, Guernsey (18) and Thomas Bradock, Leatherhead (16).