Eastbourne Town have the chance to put last weekend’s FA Vase exit behind them when they visit fellow Sussex Division One title-chasers Pagham tomorrow (Saturday).
They were robbed of the chance to lay those demons to rest on Tuesday night as their RUR Cup clash ay Haywards Heath fell foul to the bad weather .
Manager John Lambert admitted he was disappointed as he had hoped to use the game to experiment.
With defender Steve Elliott now gone and Sean Kelly set to miss Saturday’s fixture because of suspension, Lambert is faced with something of a defensive crisis.
“We were hoping to try a few things out,” he said
“Saturday is going to be a tough game, they’ve got a really good front two and we’re going to have to deal with that.”
Lambert’s men, who are currently second in the league, will have to be at their best to avoid being leapfrogged by opponents who are just two points further back in fifth.
The league has become increasingly congested with just five points covering the top six. A win for Town could see them to the top of the table, although leaders Littlehampton will be big favourites as they host Broadbridge Heath.
While they were disappointed to crash out of the FA Vase at the hands of Erith & Belvedere last week, gaining promotion in the league has always been the priority for the club and they showed great character in defeat last week.
After going behind to a strike from visiting striker Alfie May, Joe Dryer had a penalty saved by the impressive George Kamurasi
Dryer did find his way past the keeper in the 90th minute but Town’s hearts were broken by Damien Ramsamy, who scored the winner in extra-time.
There will be no extra-time in this weekend’s all-important clash. Another win for Town, who are unbeaten in their last eight league games, would leave them well on course for promotion.
“This game is definitely more important for us than the cup game,” Lambert added.
Kick off is 3pm at Nyetimber Lane.