Lambert: we must cut out the costly defensive errors

Town's new signing Chris Cumming-Bart
Town's new signing Chris Cumming-Bart

Eastbourne Town need to drastically improve their defence if they’re going stave off the drop this season, according to manager John Lambert,

They shipped another five goals in last weekend’s defeat at Merstham, Lambert’s first game in charge, and he revealed they are working hard to rectify the ongoing problem.

“It wasn’t the ideal start, everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong,” he said

“To sum the day up there was a massive storm and the lights fused at the end, we could have done with it 20 minutes earlier really!”

“But we’re training and trying to improve defensively, that’s all we can do.”

Town are likely to have a bit more time to work in training as this Saturday’s game with Three Bridges looks increasingly likely to fall foul to the adverse weather conditions.

They have a rearranged Sussex Senior Cup tie with Rye to look forward to next week and the boss admits they need their fortunes to turn sooner rather than later.

Despite their defensive problems, however, he knows that with the firepower available to him, they are more than capable of climbing away from the lower reaches of the league table.

“As quick as we can we need to turn this around,” he added. But if we are to turn it around we need to stop shipping the goals.”

“Andrew Mensah is back now (after serving a three match ban) and he has a good partnership with Billy (Medlock).

“We’ve also signed Dom Clarke, a big forward, so we’ve definitely got goals in us.”

Town’s next game in the league is likely to be the trip to Guernsey.

A flight across the channel to the promotion hopefuls would be a daunting trip for anyone and the boss said that he would have liked a few more home games so early in his tenure.

But as he pointed out, all of the recent home games that have been called off have to be played at some point and he thinks they can amass enough points to survive.

He also said that his business in the transfer market isn’t over just yet.

Lambert moved quickly to secure the services of Tom Bold, Jamie Crone, Chris Cummings-Bart and Mark Munday, while more new faces look set to be in the offing.