Family bragging rights at stake in local derby

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Bragging rights in the Daubeney family are up for grabs this weekend as father and son come up against each other in the local derby between Eastbourne United and Seaford Town on Saturday.

Paul Daubeney will be hoping his Eastbourne side can continue their good form and see off the side for which his son, Adam, pulls on a jersey for.

The United boss said, “It’s the first time I’ve ever crossed paths with my son on the football field.

“There’ll be family bragging rights up for grabs but hopefully we can do the job and stop him banging on about it!

“Seaford are a very good side, probably one of the best footballing sides in the division, and I really like the way they play.

“I’m good friends with the management there and Adam is obviously enjoying his football at the club so it will be a tough game but one we’re all looking forward to.”

Eastbourne head into the match on the back of a disappointing loss to Littlehampton in the Division Two Challenge Cup that saw them squander a two-goal advantage to lose 5-3 after extra time.

The defeat ended United’s 10-match unbeaten run, which included nine wins and one draw, but they can still boast a six-match undefeated streak across all their league contests ahead of their Division Two clash this weekend.

Daubeney added, “When you’re 2-0 in front, you expect to see those out.

“I think we were physically drained from our exploits at Lewes and once they pulled a goal back, our heads dropped and they went into extra time with their tails up.

“We enjoyed a good run though and, while the Division Two cup is a winnable one if you’re a decent side in the league, I’d rather lose out in that than drop points in the league.”

United will be without Gianluca Del-Gaudio and Mark Goodwin, who has a slight back injury, while Danny Simmonds also faces a late fitness test.