United players on best behaviour for Loxwood

Jason Taylor is a potential match winner
Jason Taylor is a potential match winner

Eastbourne United boss Simon Rowland admits his side tread a fine line between competitive and indiscipline.

Rowland’s County League Two highflyers travel to leaders Loxwood on Saturday for a top of the table clash.

They will do so without club captain Shaun Loft who serves the first of his three match ban following his red card in the FA Vase against Kent Premier side Phoenix Sports.

Rowland said, “We do overstep the mark at times and it’s something I and the players have to be aware of and manage.

“I want to pick the side based on form and ability rather than suspensions.”

Luke Denton, recently re-joined from Eastbourne Town, is expected to fill the void left by Loft’s suspension.

The match will also provide another opportunity for 21-year-old flying winger Jason Taylor to showcase his talents in United’s most important league game of the campaign so far.

Taylor has impressed the management at United and Rowland believes he is a player who could perform at a higher level than County League.

“Without a doubt. Jason has all the attributes required to be a good Ryman League player and perhaps beyond that.

“He is only 21 and is still learning his trade but he does have that raw talent you look for.

“He has pace, he is direct and has the ability to stretch the opposition’s defence.

“He is working well with Ryan McBride. They have formed a good partnership on the pitch and long may it continue.

“I enjoy working with him. I think he needs another couple of seasons with us. He needs to develop more as a player so when the times comes to step-up a level he is 100 per cent.

“I wouldn’t want to see him make the jump, dip his toe in and then have to come back down the levels.”

United remain one point behind Loxwood after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Midhurst & Easebourne last Saturday

An early barrage of corners led to Loft opening the scoring, before Matt Maclean doubled their advantage.

The second half saw Scott Dartnall net his first ever United goal after a looping cross by debutant Jerahl Hughes, before Hughes struck a swerving effort to round off the scoring.

Loxwood top the table by a single point from Rowland’s side.

Loxwood however have played two games more and have 26 points from the opening 12 fixtures.

United are on 25 points from 10 matches.

Luke Snashall will miss the journey west with an ankle problem while Ben Dartnall misses out due to an injured knee.

Eastbourne United reserves are next in action on Saturday, November 2. They welcome Hassocks reserves to the Oval.

The reserves are struggling this season. They are bottom of the league on one point after seven matches.