Play-offs are possible for Blue and Golds

Blue and Golds have scored 99 points from their last two games
Blue and Golds have scored 99 points from their last two games

The race for second in the Sussex Spitfire Division One has been blown wide open and coach Mal Chumbley believes a second placed finish is not beyond his Eastbourne side.

Despite recently conceding that it might have been out of their reach, Crawley, who are currently in second, have lost to runaway leaders Pullborough twice in the space of a month.

Just four points now separate the two sides and the Blue and Golds will have the chance to tighten the gap, or possibly leapfrog them, when they travel there on February 15.

“If we can win the Crawley game then it’s feasible,” said Chumbley

“I don’t want to put any pressure on the lads but we are capable of doing that and we’ll be ready for it.”

Third place Brighton also stand in their way, but Chumbley’s side have the chance to avenge their early season defeat at the end of March.

If they are to seal the runners up spot, they would face the prospect of a play-off with the runners up in the Kent League, with the winners earning promotion to the lucrative London Leagues.

Eastbourne have been in great form of late, recording convincing back-to-back victories over Rye and Crowborough.

Chumbley admitted, however, that the form in November, where they lost to Crawley, Hove, Cranbrook and Brighton, all in the space of November, could prove costly if they don’t make the playoffs.

“They’re the ones we’d look back on with a bit of disappointment,” he said.

They have a well-earned rest this weekend, and while they are in excellent form, the boss is glad for the time off, in what’s been a hectic season before they travel to Chichester the following week.

Attention this weekend will turn to the seconds who have a quarter-final tie with Pullborough IV in the Sussex Vase.

Chumbley had previously expressed his delight at the progress of the second team as he looks to build a solid base for the club.

And while promotion still remains the priority, he said they have a good chance of progressing and possibly lifting the trophy .