A tale of relegation woe for Town

Billy Medlock has been one of the few plus points for Town this season
Billy Medlock has been one of the few plus points for Town this season

It’s been a season to forget for Eastbourne Town, both on and off the pitch.

After finishing bottom of the Ryman League Division One South they face the prospect of County League football for the first time in seven years.

Danny Bloor left for Lewes along with assistant Gary Wilson and Kevin Laundon was put in charge for what would be a doomed short few months in which Town wouldn’t win one league game.

Two goals in the last minute against high-flying Leatherhead to secure a point was the highlight of their early season games, and it seemed to signal an upturn in form.

This wouldn’t materialise, however, and with player Tony Reid now in charge they continued to struggle.

Reid used all his contacts to bring in former professionals Rocky Baptiste and Jamie Lawrence to steady what looked like a sinking ship but the task was quickly becoming irretrievable. They flirted with relegation all season and even the deadly Billy Medlock couldn’t haul his side away from trouble.

Medlock (pictured) managed 22 league goals, an impressive record for a striker playing for the league’s bottom side. After a disastrous run, though, Reid’s time at the Saffrons was brought to an end as well as the playing days of a number of the players he brought in.

While Reid went to Walton & Hersham, former Hastings United manager John Lambert came in to replace him.

Lambert had been on the shortlist at the start of the season but narrowly missed out on the role. He was quickly into action, fending off interest for Medlock and managed to secure the strikers services for the remainder of the season.

Lambert brought in some of his own players in the shape of Jamie Crone, Tom Bold and Max Hollibone among others, but clawing back what was now a 12 point gap at the bottom was to prove too much.

Their fate was eventually sealed with two defeats in quick succession by Walton Casuals and Worthing,

They showed some real fight towards the end, though, which will leave them in good stead next season