Blue and Golds will not be distracted by silverware

The upcoming Bob Rogers Cup final will not prove a distraction when Eastbourne travel to Crawley this Saturday for their penultimate league fixture according to coach Roger Stanley.

The Blue and Golds managed to claim their final berth on Saturday through default after local rivals Hastings were unable to raise a team.

“It does feel a little flat; we would have liked to have played the semi-final really.

“It’s disappointing but we’ve just got to wait and see who we will be facing now.”

Despite the unusual circumstances in which Stanley’s men find themselves competing for silverware, he remains upbeat that the final could still be a day to remember.

“I am sure the boys will not need any extra motivation.

“The cup has so far been a bit of a non-event for us this season but I am quite sure the final can liven things up.”

Eastbourne await the winners of the Heathfield v Crowborough match in the other semi-final, both teams who have completed the double over the Blue and Golds this season.

However Stanley is not interested in past performances and sees either potential match-up as a positive for his team.

“It’s always good to play the best teams; I much prefer it that way. And I believe that both teams are beatable.”

Stanley takes his side to Crawley this Saturday hoping to gain some much needed momentum to finish the season strongly.

Opponents Crawley currently sit third from bottom in London South East Division 3 but Stanley is well aware of the task in hand.

“It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday.

“They need to beat us to avoid relegation and on paper have a bigger incentive than us.

“They’ve had a couple of bad result recently but we can not underestimate them.”

On the selection front, Stanley is hoping to play near enough a full-strength team for the away trip, with front-row forward and influential number eight Dominic Groenen the only notable absentees.