By Derren Howard
Eastbourne Rugby player-coach Matt Pysden anticipates a strong second half to the season and has targeted a top six finish.
Despite numerous injuries, the Blue and Golds have had a solid start to life back in London Three South East following their promotion from the Sussex Spitfire last season.
Last week’s narrow 29-24 loss against Gillingham Anchorians was their final match of 2015 and leaves them ninth, just five points adrift of the top six.
Pysden said, “Considering the injuries we have had, we have done okay. The last three of four matches we have found our feet and we are starting to play without fear. There is a feel good factor at the club. The training sessions have been good and the players have responded well to changes we have introduced.”
Josh Imich, Richard Barron, Dan Keane, Joe Wynn, Joe Bettles, Tom Shuttleworth and Chris Chilvers have all been missing for large chunks of the season but are set to return early 2016.
Pysden added, “I feel once we get back to full strength we will have a very strong second half of the season and get into that top six.
“We have played all the teams and I don’t think there is anything there to scare us. If we are at our best and playing with confidence, we can beat any team in this division.”
Eastbourne return to league action against sixth placed Cranbrook at Park Avenue on Saturday, January 9.