United face a tough test at the leaders

Simon Rowland

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Eastbourne United travel to table-toppers Littlehampton in Sussex Division One tomorrow (Saturday) without a win in their last three matches.

They couldn’t wish for a more difficult task this weekend as Littlehampton lead the way after eight games and boast the league’s joint top-scorer George Gaskin in their ranks.

United, though, have their own firepower to call upon.

The imperious Wes Tate remains side-by-side with Gaskin at the head of the league’s scoring charts with seven goals and he was at it again on Tuesday night as United missed the chance to claim maximum points at home to Newhaven.

The midfield play-maker gave United the lead on the half-hour mark with a low drive but the game turned after debutant Acer Wake was controversially given his marching orders.

Manger Simon Rowland, who is having to contend with numerous injury problems, said it was one of the “worst refereeing performances he had ever seen” and had to watch on as Ryan Knight took advantage to snatch a point in the 94th minute.

While the boss was disappointed, he believes the character shown will leave them in good stead for the Littlehampton clash.

“We’re going through a tough time at the moment but the character they showed was phenomenal,” he said.