Eastbourne United seem to have found that winning habit no matter what has been thrown at them this season.
Simon Rowland’s side continue to fly high at the top of County League Division Two and barring a drastic drop in form, they look nailed-on favourites to gain promotion back into the top tier of Sussex football.
United are into the last 32 of the FA Vase and progressed to the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup thanks to a memorable victory against Crawley Town earlier this month.
In between their cup triumphs Rowland has rallied his troops each week to cope with the rigours of division two.
Despite injuries and unavailabilities United have lost just once all season in a freakish 3-2 defeat at Bexhill in September.
On Saturday they travel to near rivals Seaford Town and once again a whole host of first team talent is missing.
Rowland said, “We have nine players out and each of them would be starters.
“Jason Taylor has broke his leg and will be out for two months - he has probably been our best player this season.”
Other key absentees are Ryan McBride (unavailable), Scott Dartnell (injured), Luke Denton (working) Franklin (suspended) and Shaun Loft (suspended).
“It is a challenge for us and so far the reserves and other players have really stepped up when called upon.
“We had to adjust our style of play and get back to the basics and luckily it has worked out for us.”
Rowland admitted it has been tough keeping the players motivated for division two football each week after the highs of the recent cup competitions.
He added, “Many of our players have played at a higher level so it can be tough to get up for some of the games.
“But we have to be as we are top of the league and we are there to be knocked down. Every team raises their game to face us and it’s mine and Scott’s (Price, assistant manager) job to make sure the players are ready for each game and so far we have been.”