No special treatment for top-scorer Cook

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Eastbourne Town manager Danny Bloor says there will be no special arrangements to defend against top league goalscorer Dave Cook on Saturday.

Cook has banged in 18 league goals for Hythe already this season, proving a handful for many teams in the Ryman League South Division.

Bloor, though, will not treat him differently to other forwards when Town travel to Reachfields.

He said, “You’d be foolish not to be mindful of him - he’s a good player - but you’re always mindful of the opposition striker.”

Town are 12th in the league with 32 points – five points and five places behind their opponents. Bloor said, “It’s a tough game. They’re very physical and very direct.”

In the reverse fixture in December, Hythe came away with a 2-0 win but Bloor is hoping for more from his players this time around as they look for their fifth win in seven matches.

He said, “We were poor that day. Hopefully if we play as we have been we will give a better account of ourselves.”

His team have lost just once in their last eight games, while Hythe have lost their last three league games.

And after having many of their fixtures postponed recently, including Tuesday’s Sussex Senior Cup third round clash with Loxwood, Eastbourne will be happy to be back in action. Bloor added, “It’s frustrating but it’s not a worry. This is a game we look forward to.”

The Town boss has a full squad available to select from, with defender Luke Denton free after a one-game suspension.

And the manager was quick to praise his squad’s attitude of late, with good team performances and goals from a variety of players pushing them up the table. “We want to win every game. We have a very good team ethic. The aim is to win as many games as possible.”

Town welcome Folkestone Invicta on Wednesday.