Table-toppers Town can’t get complacent says boss

Eastbourne Town v Pagham
Eastbourne Town v Pagham
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Eastbourne Town manager John Lambert has warned is players against complacency ahead of Saturday’s Sussex Division Two Clash with Crawley Down Gatwick.

Town climbed to the top of the league last Saturday thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win at Pagham, while Crawley, who came down from the Ryman South with the Saffrons outfit last season, have struggled and are just one place off the bottom.

Lambert is happy with the way his side have been playing and says his side have earned their place at the league’s summit, but he refuses to take anything for granted.

“We’re up there to be shot at now,” he said.

“After the last two months we deserve to be where we are but anything can happen.

“This game is a bit like the Selsey game (Lambert’s side won 6-0 last month). Everyone is expecting us to get double figures and score loads of goals but I’ll be happy with three points.”

Despite airing on the side of caution, winning is fast becoming a habit for Town. Of their last 14 games they have won 12, while the goals have been flying in from all over the pitch.

Matt Maclean scored again on Tuesday night to take his tally for league goals this season to seven and he will be relishing the chance to take on opposition who have shipped 36 goals in just 14 games this season.

“He’s always in the right place,”Lambert added.

“I’ve known him from when he was a 17-year-old at Hastings, he’s weighing in with the goals and that’s great.”

The boss, however, will be without Dom Clarke, who also has seven league goals to his name, and he is expected to be out for at least two more weeks .

Sean Kelly will return to action after missing last week through suspension but Danny Ellis is banned for the Crawley tie.

Fellow title-rivals Littlehampton face a tricky away trip to Newhaven, while third-place East Preston host Shoreham.

Town kick off at 3pm at the Saffrons.