It’s all smiles at the Town

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor put their recent good run down to one main ingredient.

Town have lost just one Ryman League division south match since early January.

They recently progressed to the semi-final of the Sussex Senior Cup and followed up their impressive 2-0 home victory against highfliers Dulwich with a ruthless 3-1 victory in Horsham on Tuesday night.

“It’s about enjoyment,” said Bloor. “The players are confident and enjoying their football at the moment and that’s all we want between now and the end of season.”

The recent good form has prompted talk of promotion on the Town terraces with some fans, perhaps a touch mischievously, suggesting they will be facing Eastbourne Borough next season in the Ryman Premier division.

Town, who are 10th in the league, face another stern test on Saturday (tomorrow) when they welcome third placed Faversham to the Saffrons.

The Lilywhites are also on a decent run of form and are unbeaten from the last seven matches.

Bloor was in no mood to get carried away and insisted the age old football cliché of ‘one game at a time’ applies now more than at any other stage of the season and refused to cast his gaze further than tomorrow’s came against Faversham.

He said, “It will be another good test for us but we want to play the better teams in this division and we have the players to compete. It will be a good game for the players and for the fans and we will give it our best shot.

“We have a lot of local talent here at the moment. Most of the team are all walking distance from the ground and I think that has added something to us this season.

“We want to get some more fans to take a look. They will see a fully-committed team proud to represent Eastbourne.”

John Lansdale is out with a gashed leg and Ollie Lockyer is unavailable.

Top scorer Danny Curd will also miss the match with a rib injury sustained during their recent victory at Walton Casuals. Evan Archibald, who struck twice against Dulwich Hamlet is expected to fill the void left by Curd. Bloor added, “To say Evan was good against Dulwich would do him a disservice - he was bloody brilliant!

“He was brought back to the club and scored twice in his first game. The last time Evan was here it did not work out for him. But I have always admired him as a player and I think we are a different and better team from the last time he was here.”

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