Imich & Bettles could return to boost club

Manager Roger Stanley is worried that Eastbourne Rugby Club will lose momentum ahead of their rearranged clash with Folkestone this weekend.

The fixture fell victim to icy conditions last weekend and so will take place at the New Burlington this Saturday, weather permitting.

However, Stanley was not thankful for the break as his team were looking to continue their good form following a much-improved performance against Crowborough the week before.

“We were hoping for a bit of a momentum heading into the match as the lads were lifted by their performance against Crowborough. It was as well as they’ve played all season and we were looking to carry that into the Folkestone match.”

Eastbourne were due to be without three key players heading into the game and Stanley is unsure whether that will change for this upcoming weekend.

“Josh Imich might be back, depending on if he has county action. I don’t think James Coulthard will be available, but we’re unsure at this stage.

“Will Bettles’ injury is not quite as severe as we first thought but it’s not clear yet whether he’ll be available for this weekend either.”

Eastbourne’s training sessions have also been affected by the cold snap and speaking on Wednesday, Stanley said, “We haven’t been able to train yet this week because of the weather.

“It makes things difficult heading into the match as I haven’t seen the lads, but we hope to train tomorrow, whether that be indoors or out.”

Eastbourne remain second from bottom in the London South East three division table.

Hellingly Rugby Club’s match against Haywards Heath III was also postponed last weekend and they will face Littlehampton at home this Saturday in the Sussex Plate

Hellingly top the table in the Sussex Asahi League two East table. They are on 50 points from their 13 games played.

Eastbourne hope to be boosted by the strength of Josh Imich. He has been unavailable recently due to Sussex county commitments