Striker Curd returns to keep Town’s play-off hopes alive

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A single goal from fit again, Danny Curd, was enough to give Eastbourne Town all three points against Tooting and Mitcham United on Wednesday night and keep their play-off dreams alive

Town’s top scorer, who was returning from an injury which has seen him miss the last month of action, headed in the only goal of the game on 13 minutes.

Town’s sixth win in their last 10 games leaves them seven points from the play-off places with 10 games left to go.

Along with Curd, there was also a return to the starting line up for Dan Bolwell who replaced Ross Treleaven on the left wing.

There was also a new face in the Town squad with new signing, Romane McCrae, included among the substitutes for what was Town’s first game in two weeks.

It was Bolwell’s cross which created the only goal of the game as his ball in from the left was deflected nicely for Curd to head home past Tooting and Mitcham ‘keeper Darren Behcet. Just five minutes later the hosts were lucky to hold on to their lead when striker Carl Wilson-Denis was denied twice in a matter of seconds. Firstly, Town keeper,

Josh Pelling, pulled off a fine save to deny his shot on the turn from the edge of the box and them from the resulting corner his header was cleared off the line by Luke Denton, with Pelling this time beaten.

As half time approached the home side were again grateful for a goal line clearance as Ryan Adams was this time denied from another Tooting & Mitcham corner.

The second half failed to ever really get going with neither side looking like troubling the scoreboard further.

Town went the closest mid way through the half when front man Evan Archibald struck the post with a sweet left foot strike which had Behcet well beaten.

At the other end Town had little difficulty keeping out a Tooting side who have now lost their last four games.

Town will now travel to table toppers Maidstone United on Saturday and Town boss, Danny Bloor, believes that his side can beat anyone and that they will go into the game with no fear.

He said, “At our best, I feel we can beat anyone in the league.

“We need to carry that drive and ambition into each of our games as we attempt to catch those in front of us.”

TOWN: Pelling - 7, Denton - 6, Sutton - 6, Elliott - 7, Austin - 7, Strevett - 6(McCane 78), Lansdale - 6, Bolwell - 6 (Greenfield 55), Archibald - 6, Curd - 6 (S.Crabb 65), M.Crabb - 8

MOM: Matt Crabb - A tidy and energetic performance in the heart of Town’s midfield. Keeping the ball well and covering every inch of the pitch to win back possession for his side.

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