I’m 98% certain of promotion says boss

Paul Daubeney and Paul Sargent
Paul Daubeney and Paul Sargent

Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney is buoyant about his side’s promotion chances despite mixed results over the Easter Bank Holiday.

According to the manager, “We need to win four games out of our last six, which should be enough.”

And he added, “I am 98 per cent certain of promotion.”

United started the Easter weekend in miserable fashion by going down 7-0 at league leaders Newhaven and the United manager conceded that while his squad were on their knees through injuries, their East Sussex neighbours would still have beaten United given a full-strength side.

Some holiday cheer was restored, however, on Monday as United travelled to Westfield and secured a comfortable, 5-3 victory.

Daubeney was pleased with the efforts of some of the fringe players. “The young guys and the reserves that came in on Monday did a superb job” he said.

The United boss may keep faith with those players who came in to the team on Monday as they prepare to visit Oakwood tomorrow.

They are likely to be without striker Peter Cooper who pulled up injured in the Newhaven game.

Midfielder Nick Barden could miss out as well but Daubeney is hoping to be able to re-call Jamie Bunn who may be fit again.

Tomorrow’s game looks like a must-win encounter for United. They visit Little Compton who sit just three points behind them in fourth next Tuesday before welcoming second place Littlehampton Town to The Oval just four days later.

Daubeney said, “We’ll take each game as it comes and just try and win the first.”

On their promotion chances he added “there’s no reason why we couldn’t.”