‘Manly’ Town eye Whitstable after a tough cup win

Danny Curd challenges for the ball against Littlehampton
Danny Curd challenges for the ball against Littlehampton

Eastbourne Town will travel to basement side Whitstable brimming with confidence after successfully negotiating a tricky FA Cup tie last Saturday.

Town boss Danny Bloor insists their 1-0 victory at Littlehampton, which earned them £3,000, was a game they would have lost last season and descirbed it as a ‘manly performance.’

This season Town do look a tougher proposition.

The signings of Ben Austin and Matt Crabb may have added experience and quality but the recent performances of Nick Fogden, Luke Denton and Danny Curd gives the Saffrons outfit a strong spine to the side that was sometimes missing at times in the past.

Striker Danny Curd will also hope to get back on target. Saturday’s win at Littlehampton is the only game this season where he has failed to score.

Bloor said, “The law of averages say he is bound to go a game without scoring.

“He had a few chances but there is no need to worry about Danny. He is fit, raring to go and as long as we create some chances we know Curd is the man to put them away.”

Whitstable have not won in the league this season. They have lost both of their matches on the road while at home they have drawn one and lost one.

On Tuesday they picked up their first point of the season with a home draw against Horsham.

However, Bloor refuses to read too much into the early season stats and will go there expecting a another tough battle.

“They have not enjoyed the best of starts but they picked up a good point against Horsham.

“They will be determined to get their season up and running and will fight for everything.

“Their league position means nothing. For me league tables are pointless until 10 games into the season.”

Whitstable may have a few problems of their own but Bloor is only interested in getting his side right.

He believes he has assembled enough quality players and said if they are set-up correctly they can compete with every team in this division.

Town travel with two players missing. Ross Sutton is out after a hefty whack at Littlehampton while Adam Davidson’s return has been delayed as his knee injury has flared up once more.

“Ross took a nasty one but it was nowhere near as bad as we first feared. I think a week maybe two at most.

“Adam is a blow for us. Every time he looks close to playing the problem flares up.

“He will travel with the squad on Saturday. He’s a good lad to have around the squad.”