Town at full-strength for Maidstone clash

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Eastbourne Town visit Maidstone United on Saturday, hoping that fit-again top-scorer Danny Curd can help them shock the league leaders and boost their play-off aspirations.

Curd returned to action on Wednesday night and fired the winner in a 1-0 win against Tooting and Mitcham to move Town to within seven points of the final play-off place.

With games in hand over most teams in the division, a positive result on Saturday will give Danny Bloor’s side belief that they can catch those above them chasing promotion.

A win, though, will be hard to come by. Maidstone are unbeaten in eight and have been defeated just twice at home all season.

This, coupled with the memory of a 4-0 Maidstone win when the sides last met, means that Town will have to be at their very best to get anything from the game.

Bloor and his team will take confidence from the fact that they themselves are unbeaten in their last five league games, having picked up 13 from a possible 15 points in the process.

And the return of Curd will have lifted the squad ahead of a fixture period which has become increasingly congested due to postponements against Merstham and Leatherhead.

New signing Romone McCrae was an unused substitute on Wednesday night, and the former Three Bridges striker could be in line for a first appearance on Saturday.

McCrae’s old team are the next to visit The Saffrons, with every result now crucial if Town are to maintain their play-off charge.