Town boss looks to end miserable home run

Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor hopes his side will finally deliver some home comfort on Saturday, after a run of seven matches without a win at the Saffrons.

Whitstable Town visit tomorrow and Bloor admits he is concerned by his team’s struggles at home; it has been their creditable record on the road which has kept their heads above water.

Last weekend’s victory over Godalming was their sixth away from home and saw Town shuffle eight points clear of the Ryman division one south drop zone with four matches remaining.

Now the manager has challenged his squad to push into mid-table. “It was always my target to reach 40 points,” he said, “now we have, it is my target to win as many games as possible.

“The ball is in our court, if we get three points on Saturday that’s it, Chatham (currently in 21st) can’t catch us.

“It is our home form that concerns me, away from home we have won at Bognor and drawn at Met Police, one of those teams will win the league. We have won away at Whyteleafe, Sittingbourne, Carshalton in the cup, drawn at Dulwich Hamlet.

“Maybe it is the young side and the pressure is off away from home.”

He added, “On paper we have got two home games left against teams that are both below us in the league, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we won away at Walton & Hersham and Fleet instead!

“It’s something we need to look at. I have never had a side that is more comfortable away from home.”

But Bloor believes his recent acquisitions will help the cause. Scott Kirkwood and Luke Denton joined two weeks ago and the boss has lauded their impact.

He said, “I did feel last Saturday bringing in two experienced players was important. I thought it made a major difference for us.

“Luke Denton (pictured) cares about Eastbourne Town, I was going to sign him in the summer but for one reason or another that didn’t happen. It gets to this stage in the season when you need people who care about the football club, Luke falls into that category.”

Ryan James could return to the Town squad after his hamstring injury but Bloor may keep the same XI which started last weekend.