Speedy Linton could be United’s secret weapon

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Top scorer Ryan McBride will miss Eastbourne United’s division two clash at home to Midhurst and Easebourne and manager Simon Rowland will use the fixture as a chance to rotate his squad.

Their weekend opponents are currently adrift at the bottom of the league and have just one victory to show for their 11 league games so far this season.

Rowland said, “We’re going to use the game as an opportunity to take a look at others in the squad,” he said. “The last thing we want to do though is underestimate anyone in this league but we do have a lot of games coming up.”

Forced changes include Wes Tate, who is unavailable, along with Luke Denton, Pete Featherstone, and McBride.

Linton Rogers, who has been restricted mainly to substitute appearances this season, could fill the McBride shaped hole up front, and with six goals already this season.

Coming off the bench, his direct running has caused problems for defenders late in games, and the boss believes Rogers might be a bit of a secret weapon as we head into the winter months.

With the weather due to take a turn for the worse, the Sussex pitches will become more bogged down, giving the pacey striker an advantage over opposing defenders.

“He’s just as quick on soaking wet surfaces as he is on the firm ground.

“We’ve been holding him back a little bit and he’s usually come on when games are won,” said Rowland.

They will have to wait until closer to kick-off to see who else is available for selection, but the boss is upbeat about a positive result, whoever comes in.

“It makes the game a bit more interesting, not having a full strength squad but we’re still confident of winning the game.”

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