No panic, but Town do need to pick up points

Eastbourne Town might have slipped into a relegation battle, but boss Danny Bloor isn’t about to start panicking.

The Saffrons side have been close to securing survival since the start of March, but after picking up just three points from the last 21 on offer, they sit five points away from the relegation places.

One win should do it; they visit 15-placed Godalming in the Ryman division one south on Saturday.

And regardless of other results, a victory would see them move at least seven points clear of the drop with four matches remaining.

Bloor cut a disappointed figure after last weekend’s defeat; it was Town’s third in succession and extended their winless run to seven games.

Although they have been leaking goals, their biggest concern has been in attack; they have not managed a goal from open play in 360 minutes.

Defender Dean Brooks and the versatile Ryan James have both been pressed into service up front, along with former Lewes man Tim Rivers, but Town have struggled to recreate their free-scoring form of the early part of the season.

But speaking to Herald Sport on Wednesday, the manager was upbeat about his side’s chances.

“As I have said all along we just need to get to 40 points, it’s in our own hands, we have to play Chatham (21st) and Whitstable (20th) at the Saffrons,” he said.

“Onwards, upwards and forwards, the sun’s shining, let’s keep Eastbourne Town in the division.”

It certainly hasn’t been shining on Town in recent weeks, but their away form has been reasonable. They have managed five wins on the road this term, including triumphs over Sittingbourne and Bognor Regis.

Hosts Godalming have not won in six matches and have only found the net once during that run.

Scott Kirkwood, who made his debut in last Saturday’s defeat against Dulwich Hamlet, is a doubt for the trip to Surrey with a cut foot.

The goalscoring midfielder played under Bloor at Worthing before making the move to Lewes and is a former English Colleges international.

Town set for 130th anniversary

Eastbourne Town Football Club this year celebrates its 130th anniversary.

As part of the club’s celebrations, Town are asking all existing and former players to let them have any old pictures and memorabilia. Copies will be produced and originals returned.

If you can assist please contact Chris Backhurst on 01323-505062.

The date of the anniversary celebration has still to be confirmed.