We can deal with Crabb and Manton blows - Bloor

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Eastbourne Town manager Danny Bloor is confident his side can overcome a triple blow this week.

Manton brothers Greg and Brad both decided to leave the club earlier this week to join AFC Uckfield while star striker Nathan Crabb has missed the last two games and could be out for another two-three weeks after sustaining serious facial injuries.

Club captain and defensive lynchpin Greg decided to leave the Saffrons to join County League one outfit Uckfield. Manton told his manager increasing work commitments has made it impossible to carry on in the Ryman League south and felt a drop to the County League was best for both parties.

Brother Brad will join him at AFC Uckfield but Bloor insists his departure has nothing to do with the red card he received for stamping on a Hythe Town defender during a 1-0 defeat at the Saffrons two weeks ago.

Bloor said, “Both Greg and Brad go with my best wishes. Greg was my captain and is a good friend of mine and will always be welcome at this club. He felt it was best to move on as he was finding it difficult to commit to this level of football with the demands of his job.

“Brad decided to join him. It was nothing to do with his red card, just a footballing decision. He knew he was behind Nathan (Crabb) and Danny (Curd). They were my first choice strikers so perhaps Brad knew he was not going to play as often as he thought he should.”

Bloor hopes to have Nathan Crabb back in time for next Tuesday’s game at Folkestone Invicta. Crabb was involved in a late night fracas which left the striker unconscious with nasty injuries to his checkbones and jaw. He is due to have further test this week on his jaw which could require an operation. Nathan said, “I hope to back as soon as possible. The jaw is still very sore but I am on the mend.”

Boss Bloor added, “We hope to have Nathan back soon but we have shown tonight (against Faversham) that we have the squad to deal with this.”