EASTBOURNE United manager Paul Daubeney will be hoping a virus, currently spreading through his squad, doesn’t leave his team too depleted for this week’s league game against Steyning.
The County League division two side have enjoyed improved fortunes of late.
They have lifted themselves from the bottom of the league into a respectable mid-table position thanks to a fine run of form.
New signings Peter Cooper, Billy Trickett and Peter Featherstone have strengthened the side and Daubeney will be hoping his chargers will be fit for action tomorrow.
The United boss said, “It’s thought that the illness is spreading via the drinking bottles.
“Billy Trickett has been wiped out by it, so has Ollie Lee, but we’re hopeful that Peter Featherstone will be able to play through it.”
Steyning are struggling towards the lower end of the table but their form on the road is better than their home results.
Daubeney added, “It won’t be as easy that’s for sure.
“They’ve added a few new players and if they open up away from home it should help us get at them on the counter. We play well at home.”
“We have to worry about ourselves. If we do the little things well I’m sure we will be in a position to claim all three points.”
Former skipper Ben Putland, who joined the club at the start of the season, has left the Oval. The rugged defender was finding it tough to juggle work commitments and tennis with County League football.
United are also on the verge of signing of an Eastbourne Borough reserve player.