FA Vase preview: Lambert aiming to keep former Lion in his cage

Eastbourne Town v Horsham April 9th 2014 at The Saffrons Ryman League South SUS-140414-115846002
Eastbourne Town v Horsham April 9th 2014 at The Saffrons Ryman League South SUS-140414-115846002

Eastbourne Town manager John Lambert is aiming to cause a shock when they host Greenwich Borough in the FA Vase Second Round proper tomorrow.

Saturday’s home game is between two sides at the same level with Eastbourne lying third in the Southern Combination League Premier Division and Greenwich in second place in the Southern Counties East.

Greenwich groundshare with National League South club Dartford at Kent ground Princes Park.

Lambert will be hoping to keep former Leyton Orient, Millwall and Brentford striker Gary Alexander at bay.

Alexander, 36, has dropped down six divisions since leaving Crawley Town in 2014 when they were in League One.

He is the second highest scorer in the league with 13 goals so far this season.

Lambert said: “They are one of the favourites. They have scored quite a lot of goals in their league and have let quite a few in.

“We’ve had them watched and they have Gary Alexander up front but they let goals in at the back.

“On the day it’s about who wants it most. They have some players who should be playing a bit higher.”

Eastbourne had remained unbeaten until November 7 when they fell to bottom of the table Wick & Barnham 4-2.

They then beat league leaders Newhaven 4-2 in the Sussex Senior Cup.

On Saturday came back from 2-0 in awful conditions to draw 2-2 with fifth placed Pagham.

Lambert is hoping the big occasion will attract a good crowd to the Saffrons.

“We’ll have a crack and are hoping for a couple of hundred at least.”

Town will be without Andy Henson who has a hamstring injury. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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