Stanley remains upbeat despite cup final defeat

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Despite defeat in the Bob Rogers cup final on Sunday, coach Roger Stanley still insists his players have something to play for when they entertain Charlton Park tomorrow (Saturday).

Eastbourne lost out 26-10 to Heathfield, who currently top London South West division 3 in a battling display. Taking into account the opposition’s successful season, Stanley was encouraged by his side’s performance.

“Yeah I was quite pleased, we had a lot of players either playing out of position or coming up from the second team and we largely did well.

“We were a little disjointed but that was to be expected. Overall we fought hard and managed to match Heathfield for large parts.”

It was certainly an improved display from the Blue and Golds who suffered a heavier loss when Heathfield visited Park Avenue last month in what was a largely one-sided affair.

Eastbourne now just have one match remaining this season as they play host to second placed Charlton Park.

“It will be a tough match for sure. If they beat us then they gain promotion, so they have quite the incentive.”

The Blue and Golds have endured a challenging run-in to the season, but Stanley is confident his side can end on a high.

“It is a big match for us and we just have to go out with the aim of spoiling their promotion party. We can go for it with no fear.”

Stanley is refusing to see the match as a dead rubber and is very much looking for his side to gain a positive result in order to build onto next season.

“I am definitely looking for a result here, if we get the performance right the result will follow. The returning boys will want to also prove a point and get it right on Saturday.”

It will be a slightly more familiar looking line-up for Eastbourne tomorrow as Russell Aitken and Richard Light return to the second team, despite both impressing in the cup final on Sunday. Many senior players also return to bolster the side in the season’s finale.

The game tomorrow kicks off at Park Avenue at 3pm.

Final agony

RIGHT: Tom Redman was man of the match as Eastbourne succumbed to a disappointing 10-26 defeat in the Bob Rogers Cup final.

They can be proud of their efforts against a talented Heathfield outfit.Shaun Everett scored all the Blue and Golds points with a try, conversion and penalty. Russell Aitken and Richard Light both put in excellent performances after being promoted from the seconds.