Boss Lambert plans for life without defender Elliott

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Eastbourne Town boss John Lambert insists his side cannot afford to take their foot off the gas despite their recent run of fine form.

Three impressive league victories on the bounce has propelled Town up the table into fourth place just three points off the leaders Littlehampton with a game in hand.

It was Littlehampton that Lambert’s men despatched in style last Saturday thanks to 4-1 victory and the boss will be hoping for another three points on Saturday at Arundel.

Lambert said, “The recent performances have been great. It has now started to click for us but we have to keep it going.

“We have scored 16 goals in our last four matches and we look a real threat at the moment. If we continue like this I would back us to beat anyone in this league at the moment.

“Littlehampton were the leaders but we went there and absolutely smashed them. We could have had more and they would be the first to admit that.”

After an indifferent start to the campaign a new-look Town now seem to have found their form.

Lambert added, “The lads have realised that they have to work hard for everything. We all knew we brought in good players but they still have put the work in and perform. Now they are doing that we are see the benefit.”

One fly in the ointment however is the departure of influential defender Steve Elliott. Elliott will swap a winter of County league football for a year travelling in Australia.

“It’s huge loss for us Steve has been one of my best players and we will miss him.

“I am looking at the options but I’m in no hurry as I trust the players I have in my squad.”

Ross Sutton is expected to play despite a dead leg and Shaun Kelly picked up a knock at Littlehampton but is also hoping to be fit for Arundel.

See Tuesday’s Gazette for full match report.