Town close in on 40 points

The magic 40-point mark is edging closer for Eastbourne Town boss Danny Bloor, but he’s not counting his chickens just yet.

Town’s victory at Corinthian Casuals last weekend, their first in seven matches, drew them further clear of the Ryman League Division One South relegation places.

This week they face two home matches in five days and wins in both would go some way to securing safety for another season.

Mid-table Ramsgate visit the Saffrons tomorrow Saturday while rock-bottom Horsham YMCA arrive on Wednesday night.

And Bloor (pictured) admits his goal has always been simply to stay up.

“It’s never over until the fat lady sings,” he said. “Until it’s mathematically sure we just need to keep going. We’re building on and off the field at Eastbourne Town FC.

“I want to get 40 points on the board. We’ve got 35 now so two wins would give us 41.

“We have got double the points of Horsham YMCA, Corinthian Casuals have now played the same number of games as us and we have got games in hand on some of the clubs around us. My target all along has been just to maintain our Ryman League status.”

At times this season Town have threatened to slip into danger, but Bloor believes they will reap rewards from keeping a settled side.

He said, “I had to build a whole new team here. Davo (Adam Davidson) and Greg Manton are the only ones in the squad who were here when I arrived. When I won the league (County League division one) with with Burgess Hill I think I kept the same side for 10 or 11 games.

“The players get to know me and I get to know them, and then if you get injuries you promote from the youth or reserve team as we have done in recent weeks.”

The manager, who has no fresh injury worries, is set to keep faith with Dean Brooks in a striking role for tomorrow’s clash. Bloor added, “He is loving it, I don’t see Dean Brooks as a centre half now, I see him as a centre forward.” All paying spectators at tomorrow’s game will qualify for a voucher allowing them free entry to Wednesday’s night’s match against Horsham YMCA which was recently abandoned.