Confidence is high and Eastbourne are ready to push high-flying Crowborough all the way when they visit Park Avenue tomorrow according to Blue and Golds coach Roger Stanley.
Eastbourne go into their match with Crowborough on the back of a very encouraging away victory at Folkestone and Stanley was particularly delighted in the manner of his side’s victory:
“It was an excellent performance; we totally dominated up front and we recycled the ball really well. I don’t think the scoreboard actually does us justice.”
It was just the result the Blue and Golds needed after losing their unbeaten home record to Heathfield the week before and Stanley now has his sights set firmly on finishing fourth come the end of the season.
“I would love to get into that fourth position but the main thing is that we just have to stay focused until the end of the season as we have three tough league games remaining,” he added.
Crowborough represent another tough home test for Eastbourne but after managing to claim just their second away victory of the season, self-belief is high in the Eastbourne camp.
“They will be desperate to win, they can’t afford to drop any points.” said Stanley. “Although I am confident we can compete with Crowborough and if we get it right I think we could shock them.”
The size of the task is not being underestimated but it seems a corner has been turned and lessons have been learnt from the Heathfield defeat.
“They are a different proposition to Heathfield, as they have an excellent back row and play wide in their backs, but I do believe that we are at our best against good teams.”
The only absentee for Eastbourne is centre Tim Williams as he recovers from an ankle injury. Other than that Stanley has a full squad to pick from with James Coulthard returning at fly-half and Steve Clarke moving into his more familiar position in the centre.
“James Coulthard is a big factor for us and I am delighted to have him back this week. The lads stepping in have done well but it will be nice to have a specialist stand-off on Saturday.”
Kick-off against Crowborough tomorrow is 3pm.
Burgess Hill 0,
Eastbourne U13s 73
Eastbourne U13s ran up a mighty score of 73 points against Burgess Hill last weekend in a game that was always going to be about measuring progress of the young side.
In the first half good teamwork, passing and movement of the ball between the forwards produced nine tries and four conversions.
The second half saw Eastbourne playing up the slope but they quickly brushed this slight disadvantage off with four more tries – bringing the tally to an amazing 13.
Jacob Moreton, Joe Kiernan and Lewis Headland all helped themselves to a hat-trick of tries with Josh Cheshire , Finn Howard Owen Davies and Mickey Roddis also crossing the line for the away side.