Eastbourne Hockey Club Team manager David Adelston is delighted with the spirit in the camp ahead of their trip to Chichester in Southern Division One this Saturday.
Despite being rooted to the bottom of the league, after losing all of their 11 fixtures so far this season, the boss revealed that there was still an excellent atmosphere in the dressing room and that the players were all pulling in the right direction.
“The spirit is remarkably good, the guys are fantastic, they all turn up for training and the training is superb,” he said “It’s amazing really. We’re devastated when we lose on a Saturday but they always come back and train well.”
Given the current league position many have written off their chances of survival but Adelston believes this might work in their favour and said his team would not give up until it was mathematically impossible to stave off the drop.
They have been blighted by the absence of players for various reasons in recent weeks but if they can address those problems they might have a fighting chance.
“You’ve always got to believe but it depends on players availability and also the opposition,” he added. “At this level you can not afford to mess around. It’s about getting the belief back in to the guys and we must try and get as much as we can out from the rest of the season. There is little or no pressure now.”
A result this weekend would do their chances of survival no harm and after winning 4-1 in a friendly with Worthing last Thursday, Adelston remains upbeat. He is, however, realistic about their chances on Saturday.
Promotion-chasing Chichester are currently second in the league, just two points off of top-spot, and have won their last five games in a row, including 8-0 and 8-2 thumpings of Staines and Sutton Valence respectively.
“Chichester are very strong,” he said. “All of their players play very strong hockey, they’re a really organised side and we realise it’s going to be tough. They’re a club we should try and emulate in terms of organisation.”