Eastbourne Town manager John Lambert insists the pain of missing out on last year’s title will not hinder his team this season.
Town were in pole-position to land the Southern Combination Premier League title last campaign but poor form in the closing stages allowed Horsham to overtake at the top and clinch promotion to Ryman League south.
Lambert said, “That is done and we are over it now. It was similar to Tottenham last season, they played so well for so long and blew it right at the end - same as us.
“We have lost a few players but we have added a few and we can’t wait to get started.
“We know how tough it will be this year but I’m convinced we will be right there and challenging, we will be in the mix.”
Lambert was given serious food for thought on his selection for Saturday’s game at Chichester after a 4-0 midweek friendly victory against Ryman side Three Bridges.
Drew Greenall, Layton Schaaf, Matt Cunnington and Chris Cumming-Bart were on target for Town in their final preseason friendly.
Lambert added, “We took the friendly at short notice and I had eight players, that you would consider first teamers, missing.
“Three Bridges had their front side out in preparation for their first match and we played some great stuff.
“It has given me a massive selection headache ahead of Chichester. There will be a few lads disappointed but it is a long season.
“Everyone will get their chance.”
Scott Willett is set to play and the manager was full of praise for his commitment. “He was a lad that wasn’t starting last season. He arrived with a point to prove and has got his reward.”