Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor admits he has made mistakes this season, but believes his side will come back stronger next year as a result.
Town face their final Ryman Division One South match of the campaign at Fleet tomorrow. A win will see them finish in 16th, five places above the drop zone.
Bloor’s men secured their safety in the division last Saturday when a Sam Crabb strike handed them a 1-0 win at Walton & Hersham. But that was followed on Bank Holiday Monday by a dramatic collapse at the Saffrons; Town were leading with just a minute left on the clock before opponents Chatham struck twice to nick the win.
The manager said that performance gave him some ideas of which players might be leaving the club in the summer and he could shuffle his pack again tomorrow. But beyond that, consistency in selection is the name of the game.
He said, “My coaching staff, myself and Scott Harrison, we felt we could build a team overnight, but we can’t. That is something we have learned, I am going to be critical of myself, I have made mistakes this season, we have used far too many players. That won’t be happening at Eastbourne Town in the future.”He insists there won’t be wholesale changes during the close season and paid tribute to the core of his side. Among them, player of the year Kieron Thorp (pictured), who has only missed two games this term. The former Ireland U 19 stopper might have shipped 75 goals in league action but he has been one of the stand-out performers in his début year at the Saffrons.
Bloor said, “He is fantastic – Thorpy, I have got to know him quite well, he is a very good goalkeeper, and I think we are lucky to have a goalkeeper of his ability at the Saffrons.”
Bloor also reserved praise for his chairman Dave Jenkins, with whom he will hold talks early next month, with the club’s future in mind.
He said, “I have been at three football clubs and I am actually working with the best chairman. Dave Jenkins is a very nice man, a well respected man.
“He is very, very supportive, he is a caring man. I think in a season we have had one cross word spoken and it was me with Dave.”