United back to form for promotion clash

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Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney is hoping a fine midweek victory can boost morale ahead of their top of the table clash.

Their 2-1 victory at Bexhill was just the tonic after a poor 4-0 away defeat in Steyning - their heaviest defeat for two seasons. The entertaining Tuesday night triumph sets United up nicely for tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash with Littlehampton who are a place above Daubeney’s men in second. Victory for United will see them over-take their promotion rivals.

Daubeney said, “We got a great result on Tuesday and it was important to do so after our defeat at Steyning. We have a tough game coming up against Littlehampton and we will be going there for the win.”

Littlehampton are one-point above United in the table but have played three games less. They are known as a tough team to break down and have the stingiest defence in the division with just 13 goals conceded.

Daubeney however, doesn’t think this game will define their promotion chances and is taking every game as it comes, “Each and every single game is as important as the last. We could win this game but lose the rest, we have to stay focused and play our best for all the games we have left.”

Tuesday night wasn’t all good news for Eastbourne United as they picked up a few injury problems with defender Shaun Lee suffering a suspected broken ankle. Jack Divall is also a doubt for the Littlehampton game with ankle ligament damage following a hefty challenge from a Bexhill player.

United met Littlehampton in a cup contest earlier this season and lost 5-3 after extra-time but manager Daubeney doesn’t think that will have much relevance to Saturday’s game, “I felt we were the better team for 90 minutes, but we had a game in midweek so when it went to extra-time you could see we were drained.”