Consistency is the key for coach Mal

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Mal Chumbley insists his Eastbourne team won’t be resting on their laurels following last week’s crushing victory when they travel to Holbrook on Saturday.

The Blue and Golds breezed past Newick 72-0 at Park Avenue last weekend but Chumbley wants his players to forget about the impressive score line and focus solely on the road ahead.

He said, “We don’t look too much at other clubs’ previous results, same way we don’t dwell on our past results that much.

“What I’m more interested in is the performance and achieving a consistently good level of play.

“We know Holbrook have played two games and won one so far this season. Results can be flattering but as long as we put in a good performance, that will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.

“The first two games of the season have been a good foundation for us but, without being too clichéd, we’re just taking each match as it comes.”

Eastbourne’s resounding win cemented their place at the top of the Sussex Spitfire One, sending out a clear message to the rest of the pack that they mean business ahead of the new season.

And now, Chumbley believes other clubs will be keeping one eye on his side as they, hopefully, continue to take the division by storm.

He said, “Clubs can look at you in one of two ways after you’ve come down from the London leagues: they can either see it as a good opportunity to measure themselves against a club who have played at that higher level, or they can see it as facing a side who are on the slide.

“Our aim was to come here and stop that slide and so far, so good.

“Players who have been here a while are suddenly believing they are capable of more than what they used to think.

“After a result like last week, clubs may start to take a little bit more interest in you than before and hopefully we’ll still be up there in that promotion mix come the end of the season.”

The club could be missing a number of players for their trip to Suffolk on Saturday, with two picking up slight hamstring strains during the match against Newick and one absent for family commitments.

However, Chumbley has seen enough positivity from the second team to believe some members could be capable of stepping up to fill the void.

“The second team are doing really well and I’ve sat them down and said there may be an opportunity for them in the first team.

“I want that pressure on my first team players and with the injuries this week, I might give some of them a run about.

“There’s a good vibe in the second team at the moment that’s been picked up from success in the first team.

“Everyone has the right attitude and the right approach at the moment to produce enjoyable rugby.”