Stanley seeks pride as relegation looks almost certain

Roger Stanley is hoping his Eastbourne Rugby team can string together some good performances as they look to see out the season as strongly as possible.

Stanley and his team are all but resigned to relegation as they sit second-from-bottom in the London and South East Division Three, 22 points adrift of Park House above them.

“I’d like to win four out of our six remaining games, but I don’t think that would help us avoid relegation.

“All the teams we face are in our half of the table, besides Folkestone, so we should be able to put in some good performances.”

Eastbourne haven’t played since their defeat to Medway a fortnight ago and are set to return to action when they travel to Ashford this weekend.

“We played reasonably well against Medway, so the break could result in a bit of a loss of momentum. We scored a lot of points in that match but conceded some silly ones too.”

Eastbourne have only won once this season when they played bottom-of-the-table Crawley back in November.

Saturday’s opponents Ashford have been on a mixed run of form but head into the match on the back of two victories.

Eastbourne will be without James Coulthard but, other than that, Stanley has a near full-strength squad to choose from.

“The week off last week wasn’t particularly helpful because we had no players with injuries who needed to recover.

“All our players are fit so there won’t be too many changes in the starting line-up when we travel to Ashford on Saturday.”