Unbeaten Town continue to impress and eye FA Cup glory

John Lambert
John Lambert

By Derren Howard

Eastbourne’s Town cracking start to the season continued on Saturday as they fired six beyond Crawley Down Gatwick in the second round of the RUR Cup.

Town remain unbeaten this season and have enjoyed progress in the FA Cup, the RUR Cup, the Sussex Senior Cup and the Peter Bentley Cup.

They are also fourth in the Southern Combination Premier League table having won seven and drawn once from their first eight games. They are just three points behind leaders Newhaven with game in hand.

On Saturday the goals flew in once more for John Lambert’s men. Jason Taylor bagged a brace while Gordon Cuddington, Kenny Pogue, Aaron Capon and Alan Foster were also on target. Benjamin Brooker scored the only goal for Crawley.

Lambert said, “It was very pleasing once again on Saturday. We continued our good form and we always carried a goal threat.

“At the moment we look dangerous and long may that continue.

“But I know all to well how quickly things can change in football so I’m very aware of that. Knock on wood things are going well but the challenge to me, the players and everyone at the club is to keep that going.

“We want to be successful this season in league and cups.

“We have already earned the club £10,000 in the FA Cup and on Saturday (away at Didcot) we have the chance to bank another £7,500.It’s massive for a club like ours and we will be going their with confidence. It’s the furthest this club have been in the FA Cup for quite some time so we want to continue that run for as long as we can.

“Obviously we wanted a home tie but away at Didcot is not the worst draw in the world. If we had pulled out an Eastbourne Borough or a Whitehawk that would have been tough. But I feel we every chance to progress.”

Ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash, Town have a Tuesday night fixture at the Saffrons against highflying Horsham in the Peter Bentley Cup.

Lambert added, “We are carrying a few injuries and knocks so I will look to change it around a bit for Horsham.

“Some of the lads will need a rest to make sure we are at full strength for the FA Cup game.

“Horsham are a tough side and it will be a good chance for a few of the fringe players and younger players to stake their claim.

“It has been hard for some of the players who have not been playing. The results have been great so I have not had to change too much. Some of these lads have been patient and they will get their chance to impress on Tuesday.”

Eastbourne Town: Nessling, Stephenson, Paul, Darby, Smith, Sheffiff, Taylor, Cuddington, Foster, Pogue, Capon.

Subs: Patton, Robinson, Rogers, Willett.

Crawley Down Gatwick: Greaves, Agate, Lowe, Spence, Dixon, Day, Houlders, Thomas, Thomas, Brooker, Leslie. Trotter.

Subs: Saurmahi, Crane, Barton, Neale.