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Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor hopes his side can put on a show as the club offers free entry to all supporters for tomorrow’s clash with Metropolitan Police at the Saffrons.

The club will also be raising money for their adopted charity ICT4Autism and there will be bucket and blanket collections at the ground throughout the afternoon.

And Bloor is determined to deliver Christmas cheer on the pitch too. He said, “We haven’t always won games this season but there have been plenty of goals and we try to play football the right way.

“I would urge all Eastbourne football fans to take advantage of our club’s generosity and come and watch some local football.

“It’s important we do things like this to help our charity.”

On ‘non-league day’ in September 232 fans witnessed a 2-1 home win against Walton & Hersham. But this weekend’s opponents will provide a sterner test.

Visitors Met Police sit second in the Ryman Division One South having lost just once all season, and also enjoyed a fine FA Cup run, which saw them reach the fourth qualifying round.

Last time out Town went down 7-3 to leaders Leatherhead and Bloor is hoping for better fortune against another title-chasing side.

He said, “They are all big games. We need to get back on the winning the trail, keep our heads up, keep playing the brand of football we are.”

Their last league triumph came against Bognor Regis in late October, but they did manage a victory against Eastbourne United in the Sussex Senior Cup.

Recent acquisition Tim Rivers, who joined on dual registration forms from Lewes 10 days ago is set to make his first start after a scoring cameo last Saturday.

Bloor added, “He will be starting, I think he’ll link up well with Ashley Robinson.”

Meanwhile striker Evan Archibald is unavailable and Ryan James misses out with an ankle complaint.

Match sponsors MDJ Services will be supplying warm mince pies for the first 250 fans through the gate and the first 50 children to arrive will receive a Christmas gift.

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