Resurgent Town set sights on consistency

Eastbourne Town manager Tony Reid believes an assault on the top-half of the Ryman League South is a realistic target.

And he wants to start the charge up the table with victory over Faversham at the Saffrons on Saturday.

Despite being just one place and one point off the bottom of the table, the Town’s recent performances and the issues of inconsistency which seems to have plagued the entire league provide cause for optimism.

He said. “If you look at the league, everybody is beating each other. Nobody is consistent at all but I believe we can be that.

“All we need to do is string four or five wins together and we’re in mid-table.

“Two or three more wins after that and we’re in the top six.”

Town’s attacking approach has seem them gain many admirers in recent weeks and they will go into Saturday’s game with the same mind-set that saw them win at Tooting & Mitcham United last weekend.

According to Reid, Tooting boss Jamie Martin shares Reid’s optimism and, he believes Town look like a top six side already.

Barring any late injuries, the boss will name the same side as last week and the squad is, after upheaval earlier in the season, beginning to settle.

It will be the first time that Reid has had the luxury of naming an unchanged side for three games in a row.

The attacking trio of Rocky Baptiste, Andrew Mensah and Billy Medlock were particularly impressive last weekend and Town will always be an attacking threat with them in the side.

Winger Aaron Watson is also set to return next week and will provide further competition in those attacking areas.

Reid did, however, reveal that he was on the lookout for another defender,

“I’m looking for a centre-half as cover. Although the back four have done well we’re still shipping goals,” he said.

They are clearly missing the leadership of captain and centre-half Steve Elliot who is expected to be out until January due to a broken foot while right-back Nathan Daly is still a few weeks from fitness.

Four matches took place in the Ryman League South on Tuesday night.

Chipstead managed a 1-1 draw at home to Redhill - a result which means they are still just one place ahead of Town in 22nd.

Leatherhead missed the chance to close the gap on the leaders as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Burgess Hill.

Hythe Town, meanwhile, heaped more misery on Town’s fellow strugglers Three Bridges, winning 3-1.

And Horsham and and Ramsgate played out a 2-2 draw.