Town target a Bank Holiday maximum

John Lambert
John Lambert

Eastbourne Town manager John Lambert is aiming for six points this Bank Holiday weekend after a moral boosting FA Cup win last Saturday.

Town will face Burgess Hill Town in the next preliminary round after an impressive victory over Beckenham Town, who play their football in the Southern Counties East Division, 3-1.

After a first-half stalemate the game came to life in the second half with a Beckenham player being shown a straight red, Town then capitalised thanks to a Matt McClean double.

The home side pulled one back through Jamie Humphries with five minutes to go, Town’s Adam Davidson was then shown red but the Saffrons outfit managed to hold on and score a goal in injury time through Danny Ellis.

Town’s attention now switches to the league with trips to Broadbridge Heath and Ringmer in the space of three days, as boss Lambert looks to move up the Sussex County Division One standings.

Town are 11th in Division One after a win and defeat in their opening two games, but Lambert believes the FA Cup win could provide a lift for his side.

Lambert said, “There wasn’t much in the match, but the result will give us a boost for this weekend’s match.”

The Town manager has made no secret of his desire for promotion this season and is targeting full points from both matches.

He added, “My priority is promotion. I want to win every game. If we can play to our potential we will beat anyone in the league but in this division you have to earn the right to play first.”

The Saffrons side start their double header away at Broadbridge Heath, who are undefeated in the league with two wins from their opening matches.

Lambert said, “ It will be a tough one, they are a hard working side and have started well.”

Town then travel to Ringmer on Monday morning to face a different prospect, with the Blues rock bottom in Division One without a point.

The Eastbourne Town manager said, “ They lost their first two games but won in the FA Cup so they will be boosted by that. Their manager probably read them the riot act.”