Bloor remains optimistic despite injury concerns ahead of kick-off

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor can’t wait for the season to get started despite missing a number of key players ahead of their opening game against Sittingbourne at the Saffrons tomorrow.

Bloor will be without summer signings Steve Elliot (knee), Matt Percival (ankle) and Owen Kessacks (unavailable). He is also sweating on the fitness of Danny Curd (back), Greg Manton (hamstring), Nathan Crabb (ankle) and Sam Crabb (groin).

Some managers would be cursing their luck especially at the start of the campaign but Bloor said, “It’s part and parcel of football. Every manager I speak to seems to have squads decimated by injury but you have to get on with it.

“That’s why we build a squad and it gives other players the opportunity.”

“It has been a long pre-season and our league starts later than all the others so we can’t wait to get started.”

“It’s great to have the first game of the season at home. It’s the first time for a long while I have had a home fixture to start.

“We look forward to welcoming Sittingbourne to the Saffrons.”

Town have enjoyed an impressive pre-season campaign. They narrowly lost to Eastbourne Borough 2-1 before beating Steve King’s Lewes 3-2 at the Dripping Pan.

Bloor has made some shrewd summer acquisitions and hopes to challenge at the higher end of the table if all of his squad are available but refused to set any targets.

“I know it’s a cliche but you can’t look too far ahead and you have to take each game as it comes.

“You never know what can happen but we do want to improve on last season.

“Last season the aim was to reach that 40 point mark as quickly as possible but hopefully this time we can do better.

“The players I have brought in are not used to be fighting relegation battles.”

Whitehawk, Bognor Regis and Maidstone are favourites for promotion and while Bloor expects them to do well he is happy with the progress Town are making behind the scenes.

“We are building a foundation at the club. I thought it could be done overnight but it can’t.

“It has taken time but we are getting there. We have so many good people working hard behind the scenes at this club and we want to continue to make strides forward.”

On Tuesday Town will continue their campaign at Whyteleafe.