Town to go on the offensive in bottom of the table clash

Eastbourne Town in action during their 0-0 with East Thurrock
Eastbourne Town in action during their 0-0 with East Thurrock

Eastbourne Town manager Tony Reid is confident of three points ahead of their bottom of the table clash with Chipstead at the Saffrons tomorrow (Saturday).

Only goal difference separates the two Ryman League South teams, both of whom have endured difficult starts to the season, with Town currently bottom.

But after last weekend’s 0-0 draw in the FA Trophy with East Thurrock United, a side that are 27 places above Town in the football pyramid, confidence is high among the players .

Reid said, “I’m confident of a win. If they can put in a repeat performance then I guarantee we’ll get the three points.”

Reid is keen for his players to start on the front foot and believes their best chance of winning is in imposing their attacking style on their opponents.

“I want my players to keep the football and express themselves. They need to be hard to beat as well, but most importantly I want my players to express themselves in the final third.” He said.

It’s a philosophy that he has been keen to impose on his players since taking the reins earlier in the season.

Despite their lowly league position, there has been a noticeable upturn in recent performances, with victories over Merstham and Tooting & Mitcham preceding the draw with East Thurrock.

However, the 3-1 loss to Walton & Hersham in-between those fixtures proves that there is work still to be done.

Three points on Saturday though, would see them move off the foot of the table and starting to think about climbing the league.

Club captain Steve Elliot is still injured, while Jack Battie, Nathan Daly and James Vaughan are also ruled out for the game. On Tuesday attention turns back to the cup as Town travel to East Thurrock for their FA Trophy replay.

They could be forgiven for feeling a bit hard done by after Saturday, as only a saved penalty stood between themselves and the next round.

Debutant Rocky Baptiste was the man denied from the spot but the manager revealed the miss had not affected the striker.

“Rocky’s been there before. He was a bit gutted and I think he was more gutted for the lads. But he’s experienced and it won’t affect him. Although we were gutted not to win, in the same breath the lads are buzzing because they know they can get something from the replay.”