Bloor eyes anniversary gift at Chatham Town

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor reckons the club has come a long way in his time in charge, but he knows there is still room for improvement.

Bloor will celebrate a year at the helm on Thursday and a victory at Chatham Town on Monday would be an ideal gift.

But the former Worthing manager has taken stock of his 12 months at the Saffrons and is looking to the long term.

He said, “I can’t believe how quickly it’s gone, such a lot has happened in that time, it’s been a whirlwind. I think we’re making good strides. I see Eastbourne Town as a long-term project.

“We’re strong both on and off the pitch. We’re doing it right, we’re making progress on the pitch – people will be see goals if they watch us, unfortunately they’re not all at the right end.

“I think people have been pleased with the way we’re playing, but it’s going to take time for us, we have long-term aims.”

In the short term, Town could do with a victory. Winless in the Ryman Division One South since late October, they have slipped to 14th in the standings.

But Bloor believes he has enough quality in his side to ensure there will be an upturn in the New Year. I want to get six more wins to make sure we’re not going to be in relegation trouble, which I don’t think we will be,” he said. “Then we can enjoy ourselves and who knows what will happen?”

If Monday’s clash in Kent beats the freeze, only striker Evan Archibald (unavailable) will be missing.