Stubborn Town grind out a win to climb up to third

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Eastbourne Town climbed to third in County Division One after recordig their fourth league win in on the spin.

The pre-season title favourites had to do it the hard way at an Arundel side who have enjoyed a decent start to their own campaig.

But in coming from a goal behind they showed a character which will leave them in good stead for the rets of the seaosn.

Despite falling behind through a sloppy Barney Boutwood opener, Matt Maclean levelled just before half-time and manager John Lambert rallied his troops at the break, prompting an instant reaction as the prolific Dom Clarke bagged the winner with his seventh goal in the last five games.

“We had to grind it out, we didn’tplay as well as we have done recently but you have to do that sometimes,” Lambert said.

“We said afterwards that it’s a good sign for us. We had a bit of a go at them at half-time but this is a tough place to go.

“They have already beaten the league leaders Littlehampton so it is really satisfying to have toughed it out.”

Lambert’s side are now just three points off the top. They also have a game in hand over Littlehampton, although second-place East Preston have a further game in hand and are just two points off the pace.

Their manager Dom Di Paola departed for Hastings United last week, however, and a number of key players are expected to follow suit.

If popular opinion is to be belived they could soon be out of the reckoning with Town eager to wrestle the title away from them.

It’s still early days, although Lambert made his intentions clear at the start of the season.

Only the league title and promotion will do and the boss is keen to keep his players’ feet on the ground.

“Things can change in an instant,” he added.

They can’t play well all the time but we just want to keep the run going.”