Crone’s effort not enough in Faversham

Eastbourne Town boss John Lambert insists his side will not give up their chance of survival until it is “mathematically impossible” ahead of Saturday’s local derby with Hastings United at The Saffrons.

Town are rooted to the bottom of the Ryman League division one south and are 11 points from safety with just 12 games to go.

Despite a wretched run of form and no win in their previous eight games, Lambert believes the clash with his former side may be the perfect chance to pick up that elusive victory.

“We will keep going until the very end and not give up until survival is mathematically impossible,” Lambert said.

“In a derby form goes completely out the window, it doesn’t matter if one team’s top and the other bottom, it’s anyone’s game.

“I am a realist and I know Hastings are a better side than us but I believe if we get that win then who knows what could happen?”

The former Hastings manager admits it will be nice facing his old side but will only be a special occasion if they can pick up a much needed three points.

There injury doubts for Tom Gilbert and Ryan Freganyahead of the crunch derby clash.