Head coach Tony Reid will take charge of the Eastbourne Town first team during Kevin Laundon’s surprise four-match absence, starting with tonight’s clash at Burgess Hill Town (Friday).
Reid has been handed the job of rallying the troops as they look to bounce back from the 6-1 thumping they suffered at the hands of Crawley Down Gatwick on Tuesday night, and will look for a reaction from the depleted squad.
Town, already missing midfield general Matt Hall to injury, were dealt a further blow just before their evening fixture, as skipper Steve Elliott failed a late fitness test.
This left a below-par Town facing the early season pace-setters, who managed to maintain their 100 per cent record thanks, in large part, to a Wade Eason hat-trick.
Crawley Down took the lead on 15 minutes when Liam Wright played the ball across the six-yard box for Tom Bold to slot home. Six minutes later, it was Wright who converted to double the host’s advantage and Town were effectively out of the game after half hour as Eason scored a third.
On the hour mark, the lively Eason notched his second. Three minutes later, Ashley Robinson scored before Eason completed his hat-trick with little over 10 minutes to play.
With the clock ticking down, Town were awarded a penalty for hand-ball in the box and Billy Medlock duly converted the consolation.
ETFC: Nessling 6*, Cooper 5, Sutton 5, Davidson 5, Carutthers 5, Mybac 5 (Trotter), Denton 5, Medlock 5, Reid 5 (Baitup), Strevett 5, Jones 5.
Town will return to the Saffrons on Bank Holiday Monday to face Peacehaven (3pm).