Season-best display shows Eastbourne can compete

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Eastbourne Hockey Club recovered from the disappointment of last week’s defeat to produce their best performance of the season so far in a draw against second-placed Brighton.

Eastbourne headed to Brighton expecting an extremely tough meeting with the side sitting eight places above them in the Southern Premier Division having won six of their seven encounters thus far.

However, Eastbourne chalked up their most impressive display of the campaign to date and left Brighton with their heads held high and a point in their pockets.

Twice the visitors led thanks to a goal in each half courtesy of Matt Minister and Pat Skinner, but twice they were pegged back to see the final score settle at 2-2.

Team manager David Adelston said, “It was our best performance of the season. We were very light - we only had 12 players, which is very unusual - but the fitness they had really showed.

“Chris Bristow (first team coach) has done a tremendous job with their fitness levels and that was a really key part to us performing so well.

“It was a remarkable display from the boys. They defended excellently, especially from corners, and our midfield and attack put in a massive amount of work.

“Brighton had their chances, probably a few more than us, but it was a thoroughly deserved point for us.”

This weekend, Eastbourne face another tough test in a trip to fifth-placed Old Georgians.

Adelston said, “It will be very tough but if we keep that same determination, who knows what might happen. We did it on Saturday, we can do it again.”