James blow for Town as Bloor aims to extend win streak

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor is determined his side will not get carried away despite their fine recent run.

Town have won their last three matches in Ryman Division One South, managing three clean sheets in the process.

But ahead of Saturday’s trip to Dulwich Hamlet, Bloor’s first target remains to pick up enough points to secure survival.

He said, “Once we get three wins that’ll put us on 40 points and safe from relegation but we won’t get carried away.

“I always enjoy it, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. Obviously when things go well it’s satisfying. I know it’s a cliché but we’re taking each game as it comes. To keep three clean sheets and get three wins is pleasing.”

Following the trip to London, Town are on the road again at Chatham Town on Tuesday.

Bloor said, “It’s a tough test, but our away form is good. Dulwich will be tough, they’re on a good run.”

Dulwich have won their last three league games, piling on 11 goals in the process and two of their star men – Quade Taylor and Paul McCallum, are believed to be on the radar of a handful of Premier League clubs.

The manager added, “We’ll just keep going.

“It’s a big blow to be without Ryan James who’s out for the next three matches, he’s a very good player.”

James is suspended after picking up a red card in the recent victory over Chipstead and is likely to be replaced by Matt Ferdinando in midfield.

Meanwhile defender Matt Carruthers is the latest player to leave the Saffrons.

“He felt he wasn’t getting opportunities,” said Bloor.

“Now we’ve got Joe Goldsmith and Owen Kessack at full back and Matt didn’t get in on Saturday when Greg Manton was out so he has asked to leave.”

Town defeated Mile Oak 5-3 in friendly on Wednesday night.

Ashley Robinson, who left the Saffrons earlier this month to join Hastings United has picked up a leg injury and will be out for at least a month. Another ex-Town man Ryan Storrie has also turned out for the Pilot Field club in recent matches.