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Eastbourne in action at Chichester
Eastbourne in action at Chichester

A season of sweat and blood looks to becoming to fruition for Eastbourne with two victories required to claim Sussex One glory.

The Blue and Golds are nine points clear of Brighton Seconds, and 10 clear of Burgess Hill and Hellingly with only three games left in the season.

Victory away to Holbrook and Hellingly in the coming weeks would see the Park Avenue club mathematically named league champions with one game remaining.

Russ Aikenhead’s men face the possibility of claiming five points before even taking to the Holbrook field on Saturday, with the club already having four walkovers this season.

The league leaders were meant to play Holbrook in the cup and league earlier in the season but in both fixtures the club failed to produce a side.

Eastbourne will be confident of wrapping up the league with a game to go after some impressive performances, which most recently saw the club trounce Chichester Thirds 35-0.

“It was a really good performance, despite missing some players we still performed. We didn’t concede a point which was impressive.

“We’re in the driving seat now and everybody wants to win our last remaining games. Six points will see us wrap up the league,” Aikenhead said.

With the Sussex One pace setters on the cusp of league glory and London Three South East automatic promotion Aikenhead was happy to praise his men.

“They’re the closest set of players I have ever had. And they’re an all round team,” Aikenhead added.

This weekend’s opponents Holbrook currently sit bottom of the Sussex One table registering only one win all season and scoring just 127 points in 15 games.

In contrast Eastbourne have lost once this season scoring a league high of 548 points.

Kick off takes place from North Heath Lane at 3pm.