Hellish run-in for Dorking gives Daubeney’s men an outside chance

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EASTBOURNE United boss Paul Daubeney is hoping his side can re-discover their competitive edge at home to mid-table Rustington this weekend.

United have not played a league fixture for three weeks prior to Saturday’s clash, but have enjoyed success in recent friendly matches against higher division opposition, including a 0-0 draw with Sidley and a 3-1 win over Peacehaven.

Daubeney said, “These friendlies against strong teams have helped to keep us ticking over. We’ve even had an in-house game to make sure we are fresh and I’m hoping we still have the competitive edge.

“I’d like to think this is a winnable game, but Rustington are a good side.”

With United lying sixth in Sussex County Division Two and nine points adrift of third placed Dorking Wanderers, Daubeney knows that his side have to finish the season strongly to have any chance of promotion.

“Promotion is still a mathematical possibility but realistically I’m not sure. All we can do is concentrate on winning our games and hope that someone can do us a favour. Dorking have got one hell of a run coming up so we will see,” he said.

Daubeney has no new injuries or suspensions to contend with ahead of Rustington’s visit to The Oval.