FA Cup provides a welcome distraction at the Saffrons

Billy Medlock is a potential FA Cup match winner for Town
Billy Medlock is a potential FA Cup match winner for Town

Eastbourne Town want to give their fans something to cheer this weekend as they prepare to do battle with Hartley and Wintney in the FA Cup at the Saffrons tomorrow (Saturday)

It’s been a difficult start to the season for Town but the FA Cup has provided some respite for a side with no wins to speak of in the league and, arguably, their best displays have come in the competition.

Victories over Corinthian and Tunbridge Wells in the previous rounds have seen them this far and they have every chance of further progression as they face a side that sit two divisions below them, in the Combined Counties League.

Assistant manager Sammy Donnelly, however, is taking nothing for granted. “These games are great levellers”, he said, “The FA Cup always manages to throw up an upset so we need to show the same character and desire that we have in the earlier rounds.”

Character and desire is something that has underpinned their success in the competition and with £4,500 prize money on offer it is easy to see why. Town have already netted a tidy sum of just under £5,000 for their exploits in the Cup, although, the importance of the weekend’s tie far transcends the money on offer according to the assistant boss.

“This one is all about the fans and the people that run the club. They haven’t had a lot to cheer about but this is a magical cup and they deserve this. “

Striker Billy Medlock continued his rich scoring vain at Folkestone in midweek. He looks like a player capable of turning any tie on it’s head. Speaking about his in-from star, Donnelly said, “He has been outstanding.

“He’s put in a lot of hard work which is really paying off and it’s great to see.”

Town will be without captain Steve Elliot, who is still six weeks away from a return and Luke Denton, Matt Hill and Aaron Watson.