EASTBOURNE captain Mark Tomsett wants his team to look up rather than down when they take on bottom-of-the-table Chichester at the Saffrons tomorrow.
Eastbourne are just four points ahead of their West Sussex rivals and the defeated side will face a dire struggle to avoid the drop.
But Tomsett (pictured) is determined there will be no talk of relegation among his players.
“If you look at the league table you will see we are just two wins and 60 points away from sixth place,” he said.
“That is what I want our players to be focussing on. I do not want to be talking about relegation; I want us to be looking up rather than down.”
Last week’s relegation clash against Pulborough was washed out, but Tomsett believes the break has been beneficial for his team.
“I think a week off to reflect will have done us some good,” he insisted.
“The previous week’s shenanigans relating to the Oly Ody walk-out has now been done and dusted and put to bed.
“We now need to put all the negative thoughts behind us and focus on the positives.
“There will be 11 players on that field all pulling in one direction and desperate to do well for the club.
“There are no divisions in the team and the players are fully behind myself and Alan Wells.
“We are all hungry to get at Chichester and we know their kingpin and potential match-winner is medium-fast bowler Richard Logan who has had experience with Hampshire and Notts.
“But we have a team of potential match-winners and there are still tons of points to play for.”
Good news for Eastbourne is that Ed Giddins, who would have missed the washed-out Pulborough game with a hamstring problem, will be fit to face Chichester.
Ben Brown should be available with coach Alan Wells playing his second game for the club.
Tomsett also had a word of praise of Richard Smith, a fast-bowling stalwart with many years of sterling service behind him, but who was left out of the team earlier-in the season. “Richard was left out but I have been delighted with his response. He has come back with a couple of fifers and he is the sort of guy you want in a battle,” said Tomsett.
“There has been talk of doom and gloom at the club, but I can assure you there is none of that here. There is a real unity about the team who want success for the club and its supporters.”
Tomsett made scores of 30 and 40 as well as taking a couple of wickets when playing for MCC South against MCC North. The match ended in a draw.