Friday night football fever as United welcome leaders

Paul Daubeney
Paul Daubeney

Paul Daubeney’s Eastbourne United side face a tough ask if they’re to stop their recent slump as they welcome league leaders Little Common to the Oval on Friday night.

United’s bad run, which hasn’t seen them win a match during September, has also witnessed them slide from the peak of the Sussex County Football League down to sixth.

And the misery only continued last weekend as a 4-2 defeat away to mid-table Loxwood stretched United’s winless streak stretch to six matches across all competitions.

However, as Daubeney’s side return to the Oval tonight (Friday), the United boss will be hoping his men can rediscover the home form that saw them power to a trio consecutive impressive victories at the start of the season.

Despite a string of recent bad results, United can still boast a respectable record on home soil of three wins, one draw and one defeat.

Friday’s match should also see the home debut of experienced midfielder Danny Simmonds, who joined last week after stepping down from his role of assistant manager at neighbours Eastbourne Town.

Simmonds, who enjoyed spells as a player at Brighton and Hove Albion, Eastbourne Borough and Eastbourne Town, stepped out in a United shirt for the first time last Saturday during the side’s trip to Loxwood’s Plaistow Road, where four second-half goals from Damon Aston was the undoing of Daubeney’s deflated squad.

The match also handed a first start to goalkeeper Andy Albon in place of the suspended Adam Sargent, who is expected to return this week.

LEFT: Paul Daubeney