Ryan McBride re-signs for United

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Eastbourne United manager Simon Rowland has reunited with Ryan McBride ahead of his side’s trip to Newhaven in Sussex Division One tomorrow (writes Adam Skinner).

The experienced striker was United’s top-scorer last season and his goals helped fire them to the Sussex Division Two title and the semi-final of the FA Vase.

He is expected to go straight into the side to give United some much-needed firepower and the boss is relishing the prospect of him leading the line once more.

“He’s one of the best centre-forwards to never make it as a professional footballer,” Rowland said. “I would put him in the same bracket as some of the best Ryman Premier and Conference South players we’ve had in Sussex for the past 20 years.

“He is a good friend of mine and he was a huge part of what we did last season.”

The signing will come as a boost to a United side who have failed to win any of their last four matches. Midfielder Matt Geard - previously of Lewes and Worthing - has also come in to bolster a squad which Rowland says is failing to realise its potential.

This was compounded by another home disappointment as Ringmer ran out 4-2 winners at the Oval on Tuesday night. “We’re just not good enough. The players we’ve got are not good enough to be consistent at this level,” Rowland added.

“When we’re good we’re brilliant but when we’re poor we’re as bad as anyone and you can’t do that. If you’re a Division One or Division Two side, at the moment you can come to our ground and walk away with three points.”

Despite that, Rowland remains confident of a win at Newhaven.

“If we’re on it we’ll come away with three points. But that makes results like the Ringmer one even more frustrating.”

Kick off is 3pm at Fort Road, Newhaven.