Paul Daubeney is confident Eastbourne United are moving in the right direction.
United drew 2-2 with Littlehampton last Saturday to dash any realistic hope of gaining promotion this season. Daubeney’s men are fifth in table, a point behind Littlehampton and nine points behind Dorking who are third and look set to seal the final promotion spot.
While having one eye towards next season, Daubeney (pictured) remains confident that his side can finish in the top five hoping to overhaul Littlehampton one place above them in the process.
“It has been a good year for the whole club, the reserves and under 18s have put in good performances as well so it has been very encouraging. We have a new stand in place which we hope will generate more interest in the club.”
“We are definitely moving in the right direction with a positive feel compared to the doom and gloom from last season.”
Daubeney is also looking to strengthen his playing squad in the hope of challenging for promotion in the next campaign while holding onto key players.
“I think all we need is maybe three or four players to come in and give us the strength we need, a few players are in the pipeline but nothing is concrete yet.”
Looking ahead to this weekend’s clash as Daubeney’s men take on Loxwood at home. “We have three players coming back into contention and I will wait until after training to decide who will be playing in the match.”
A win could see United move above Littlehampton in fourth place who face Rustington on April 9.
Kenny McCreadie is confident his side can maintain momentum going into the next campaign and has set his entire squad targets to achieve in the remaining matches of the season.
McCreadie said “We’ve had a great season, everyone has done really well.
“We have been in the top two all season and to only lose three matches, in any league that’s not bad going.”
Hailsham Town won promotion with games to spare which is testament to the strength of their playing squad as well as their coaching staff.
McCreadie said “We won promotion a few weeks ago with a number of players unavailable, that goes to show that we have good strength in our squad throughout and I am really proud of the effort the boys have put in.”
“It’s not just the players who have done well all of our coaches have been brilliant as well.”
McCreadie also highlighted the importance of finishing the season well but knows that it will not be an easy match on Saturday against Southwick despite beating their opposition away from home earlier in the season.
“We may have won but it was certainly a tough game which is what I expect on Saturday.
“We still have a few injuries such as Alex Atrill, Ashley Jarvis and Shane Saunders but I have a few players coming back so I’m looking for a good performance to meet the targets I have set them.”
Hailsham Town will want to finish what has already been a great season for them with victories in their remaining five matches extending their 11 match unbeaten run in the league.