Eastbourne United go into their FA Vase third round game with the Combined Counties table-toppers South Park off the back of a nine game undefeated run.
The Sussex County Division two leaders recently enjoyed cup success against League One side Crawley Town when they knocked them out of the Sussex Seniors Cup and they will be hoping to emulate that success against high-flyers South Park.
Park are on a good run themselves being unbeaten in their last seven games so they will prove to be tough opposition for United, but Simon Rowland’s side should be full of confidence.
Rowland said, “We’re under no illusions, we know it’s going to be a hard task but we’ve had some fantastic results this season so we’ll be going into the game with a lot of confidence.”
With South Park playing at a slightly higher standard in the Combined Counties League, this is one of the tougher draws United could have got.
The United boss said, “South Park are a great side and they’re playing in a league slightly higher than ours and they’re doing extremely well so this probably isn’t the best draw for us.”
Rowland has taken the time to go and watch his opponents to see what his side are up against.
He said, “They are a really strong side, and they’ve been playing together a lot longer than us and it shows because they are really organised and physically strong as a team.”
The game could see the club earn a vital £1,500 if they win, Rowland will be hoping he can bring back the likes of Jack Divall who has been on the physio’s bench this week and Ben Dartnall who is struggling with a knee injury.
United will be without defender Sean Ray who has been called upon by Ryman League side Kingstonian FC and Jamie Crellin who is playing for Peachaven this weekend - both were signed on duel registration.
The United boss has signed Richard Greenfield who has been playing at Eastbourne Town in time for the weekend and is looking to bring in a centre back.
Rowland said, “I am trying to bring in a centre back, I’ve spoken to a few different players and hope to have that sorted for Saturday because it’s not really ideal preparation for such a big game to be trying to bring in players.”