Pressure on Hawks as Perry returns

Eastbourne Hockey
Eastbourne Hockey

David Adelston thinks his team can play without pressure this weekend as they prepare to host Oxford Hawks (2pm).

Despite fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Southern Premier division, having recorded just one point all season, the team manager thinks the visitors are the ones who might feel the heat a little more.

“We know it will be a tough game but they’ve got more to lose than us so the pressure will be on them,” he said.

The Hawks have endured their own indifferent season, albeit not one quite as torrid as Eastbourne’s.

Currently 8th in the table with 18 points to show from their 15 games this season, they can not quite breath the sigh of relief that survival in the league would bring just yet.

Eastbourne, conversely, need to start winning soon if they are stand any chance of staving off the drop themselves and are entering a crucial period of the season.

After their battle with fellow strugglers, Oxford on Saturday, ,they travel to Sutton Valance who are second from bottom, one position higher and just 8 points in front.

And while it’s been a tale of disappointment so far this season for Adelston’s side, he believes they have a chance of getting something from both games.

He knows the two sides have contrasting styles but thinks they can adapt and take points off the pair of them.

“If we play as we can we have a good chance of getting a result,” he continued.

“Oxford have got a very structured side, whereas Sutton Vallance rely more on individuals and are less structured.

“I think we play better against a less structured side.”

Adelston also admitted his relief at the return of midfielder Steve Perry.

Perry has missed almost the entire season and the boss revealed he would be involved next season as well.

Perry is a leader on the field and Adelston hopes he can lead by example in their quest to finish, what’s been a miserable season so far, strongly.

“He makes a big difference to our side and he’s a huge asset for us,” he added.