Challenges ahead for ever-improving hockey boys

There will be tough times ahead for Eastbourne Hockey Club this season but coach Chris Bristow believes they’ve got the right character to overcome the challenge.

From a side that struggled in the division last year to a side that recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over last season’s runners-up London Wayfarers at the weekend, Bristow insists the team continue to keep improving with every game that goes by.

The former Surbiton goalkeeper, who joined Eastbourne as a first team coach over the summer, said, “We have been performing better and better in recent weeks. We had an issue with converting the chances we created but luckily we did that in the second half on Saturday.

“We’ve got quite a young squad that had a tendency to self-explode when it got tough but we’re trying to install a positive attitude and because of that, the team keep improving.

“If we keep playing together and playing for each other, we have the character to keep getting better.

“The past three weeks have shown we have that spirit and Saturday was a very deserving victory and a very deserved clean sheet for our goalkeeper, who’s been performing especially well recently.

“We’re scoring goals and not relying on one person. Last weekend was a really pleasing display for defence and attack.”

This weekend, Eastbourne travel to another team who shone last year but are struggling this season in Spencer.

Bristow added, “We go into every game open-minded and confident.

“We’re expecting tough challenges ahead but we’re working hard and training well.”