Lambert relishing Town’s hectic week

Town's game at Leatherhead was postponed for obvious reasons
Town's game at Leatherhead was postponed for obvious reasons

If the weather plays ball, Eastbourne Town will have the tough task of playing three crucial fixtures in the next five days.

On Saturday John Lambert’s relegation threatened side welcome midtable side Herne Bay to the Saffrons.

Monday will see Town welcome Rye United for a potentially explosive Sussex Senior Cup clash with Rye United while on Wednesday fellow strugglers Crawley Down arrive for what could one of Town’s most crucial matches of the season so far.

Saturday evening’s defeat in the Channel Islands keeps Town firmly rooted to the foot of the Ryman League division one south.

They are on 17 points from 26 matches with second from bottom Corinthian-Casuals on the same points having played one game less.

However, the teams that were in striking distance have been picking up crucial points while Town have suffered postponements.

Third from bottom Three Bridges are now nine points ahead of Town on 26 points and Whitstable are a point higher with 27 points. Wednesday’s visitors Crawley are on 29 points.

Despite taking charge more than six-weeks ago, bizarrely Saturday will be Lambert’s first game at the Saffrons due to the recent rain.

The new boss has overseen just two games since taking over from Tony Reid and both were on the road. The first was a 5-0 defeat in Merstham while the other was a far more encouraging display but in the end the result was a 4-2 defeat in Guernsey.

Lambert said, “It is a tough ask for us now but we will not be giving up that’s for certain. There are still a lot of points to play for.

“All we can do is concentrate fully on every match and see where that leaves us at the end of the season.

“The trip to Guernsey was good for us. We have a few new players so it was a good chance for the lads to bond.

“We played well and we were a million miles better than we were when we went down to Merstham.

“That encourages me for the rest of the season. I can take many positives from Guernsey and if the lads can give me that each week, we will pick up points.”