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Eastbourne Town 0 Whitehawk 2
Tuesday 28 July 2015

Crowborough Athletic 1 Eastbourne Town 2

The Town pre-season tour continued on Saturday with a trip to Southern Counties Premier Division side Crowborough Athletic.

Following on from the midweek friendly at Hastings, manager John Lambert decided to shuffle his pack and made 8 changes to the side that started that game.

The game was split into three 30 mins. The first 30 mins belonged to Town who started the game on the front foot with a high energy controlled performance, which brought about 2 goals. The first was from former "Crow" Jack Turner who stooped to meet Wes Tate's near post corner. The second was an own goal, but much of this was down to Jason Taylor's perseverance in chasing down a long ball in behind and making the defender make the mistake and slice the ball past his own goalkeeper. Greg Nessling was called into action only once in the first 1/3 and he pulled of a stunning stop from Sam Carrington's drive that heading into the top corner.

The Crow's best period was at the start of the second period of 30 mins, where they put the Town back line under a lot of pressure, but as was the case the previous Saturday at Haywards Heath they held firm, with Dan Rogers & Alex Reed who signed after the game particularly impressive at the heart of the defence.

Into the final third and Lambert rung the changes, which once again brought control to proceedings, and despite a number of promising counter attacks the final ball was lacking. It was the home side who struck the only goal when a defensive mistake led to the ball being struck home from 30 yards into an empty net.

Another very good work out but worrying for Town was seeing Greg Nessling,  Matt Darby & Andy Henson all leave the field through injuries and Kenny Pogue also finishing the game limping, the latter three having rolled ankles on a far from flat surface on the outside pitch at the Alderbrook. 

The Tour takes a break on Tuesday as the Saffrons takes centre stage when Steve King's Conference South play off runners up side Whitehawk are in town with a 7.45pm kick off.

Hastings United 5 Eastbourne Town 3

Town made the short trip east along the coast to take on Ryman South opposition in the shape of Local neighbours Hastings United, in the toughest pre-season test to date. Against a bright and lively United side it was Town who took the lead after 19 minutes with Jason Taylor striking a superb volley past Josh Pelling. The lead was held comfortably until 35 mins when Tyrell Richardson-Brown latched onto a through ball from Bright Temba to finish low past Matt Gwynne. That goal was the start of a goal rush just before half time, Town went back in front again on 39 mins through former United favourite Kenny Pogue who neatly flicked home an inviting Wes Tate cross. Back came United and on 41 mins Liam Foster cut in from the right and hit a powerful shot past Gwynne at his near post. Two minutes later and United took the lead for the first time in the game when Sam Crutwell's corner went straight in at the far post. On 44 minutes Town were level when Taylor struck home superbly again, following Pogue's shot being blocked. 

At the interval United made 8 changes, which gave them a freshness ahead of the second half which for long periods they dominated. They were rewarded on 54 minutes when Zac Attwood burst through three tackles before rifling home past substitute keeper Greg Nessling at his near post. Jack Harris went onto to hit the post on two occasions for the home side before Sean Ray's towering header on 65 minutes from former Town man Max Hollobone's corner. John Lambert rung the changes for the last 25 minutes giving the whole squad minutes on the pitch and a good run out, in what proved to be a very good work out for his young side.

Haywards Heath 0 Eastbourne Town 3

As is the norm for pre-season games, the weather was hot as Town made the trip to the picturesque setting of Ardingly College to take on a much fancied Haywards Heath side in the latest pre-season friendly. In the absence of Manager John Lambert, Assistant Jamie Podmore and coach Pete Heritage took the reigns, and included 3 players from the new under 21 side in the squad, with a number of first team players unavailable.

The first half was a relatively even affair with Haywards Heath asking more of the questions, but Town having the two best chances, both falling to Jason Taylor who was thwarted by Simon Lehkji when one on one on both occasions. The Town defence held firm though marshalled superbly by Jack Turner & Callum Sherriff and the impressive Matt Gwynne in goal.

The second half was a different story, and was controlled throughout by Town whose superior fitness was evident. The opening goal came on 58 minutes a short corner routine found Wes Tate whose precise near post cross was met by a bullet header from Matt Darby. The second goal followed shortly after, Taylor making it third time lucky with probably his most difficult chance of the afternoon sweeping it past the helpless Lehkji. The final goal came on 70 minutes, when Tate made space for himself on the edge of the box and riffled the ball into the bottom corner. Numerous substitutions followed as the game petered out. 

Heath will feel the scoreline was maybe a little harsh on them, and they will no doubt go on to have a very successful season in Division 1, but this was just the test Town needed - having to defend well first half before controlling the game and being clinical in the second. 

Next up is a trip to the Pilot Field Tuesday 21st to take on Ryman South side Hastings United with a 7.45pm kick off.

Former United Man Joins Town

John Lambert has completed the signing of former Eastbourne United forward player Jason Taylor. Taylor who can operate in any forward role, has impressed in both the pre-season friendlies so far, and was United's leading scorer for the past 2 seasons despite having played mainly in a wide role.

Manager John Lambert has also finally got his man, as Luke Woodley has put pen to paper, having been a long term target over the past 2/3 years. Woodley is a versatile player who can player either fullback position or wide in midfield. His previous clubs include Rye United and a brief spell at Hastings United.

Langney Wanderers 0 Eastbourne Town 4

Following on from Saturdays opening friendly at Westfield, a trip to local neighbours and division 2 new boys Langney Wanderers was always going to be a tougher proposition. However Town stepped up a level from Saturday, and produced a very encouraging & dominant performance, in front of a healthy midweek crowd for a pre-season friendly. 

Wes Tate opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes, lobbing the keeper who had been caught in no mans land. The best goal of the evening following after a flowing move and great interplay between Jason Taylor and Kenny Pogue with the latter slotting home to make it 2-0. Pogue got his second of the evening shortly before half time from the penalty spot. 

As is normal in these pre-season games a host of half time changes followed, but the flow of the game did not change with Town continuing to dominate proceedings, the final goal came on 84 minutes when Alex Howell put the icing on the cake with a neat close range finish.

Next up is a trip to Ardingly College to take on a much fancied Haywards Heath side who are tipped to be amongst the front runners in division 2 this season under the guidance of former Peachaven Manager Shaun Saunders. Kick off is 3pm.

Pre-season Friendly
Westfield 1 Eastbourne Town 3

Good first work out in hot conditons

The pre-season campaign began at Westfield's Parish Field ground on Saturday in boiling hot sunny conditions.

A squad of 17 was used, with every player getting at least a 45 minute run out in what proved to be a good opening work out, following two weeks of hard intense training.

Kenny Pogue opened the scoring after 25 mins with a delightful header from a pinpoint Andy Henson cross. The Westies levelled shortly after through Dave Pugh. 

Shortly before the half time interval Dan Rogers rifled home from close range following a scramble after a free kick out wide was only half cleared. 

Into the second half and after a raft of changes, it was Town who continued in complete control, and the third goal was scored from another set piece, this time Callum Sherriff with a powerful header from a corner.

With 4 more players to be added to the squad on duty against Westfield, a 20 man squad will visit our local neighbours Langney Wanderers at Shinewater Lane tomorrow night, with a 7pm kick off scheduled.

Lambert's New Look Squad Shaping Up Nicely

With pre-season training in full swing and the first friendly only 3 days away, the club are pleased to announce those players that have signed so far. There are 7 from last season who have resigned to date and 8 new additions.

Re-signing from last year and putting pen to paper so far are Greg Nessling, Andy Henson, Matt Darby, Kenny Pogue, George Robinson, Ryan Paul who was the Reserves player of the year last season. and 1st team Managers & players player of the year Jack Turner.

Of the new arrivals ex-Whitehawk and Peacehaven Midfielder Wes Tate has made the short switch from the Oval and Eastbourne United, his guile & experience will prove vital in a new look side . Another notable additon from Horsham is Bailo Camara, the former Eastbourne Borough, Hastings United & Eastbourne United Striker has signed on the dotted line to add pace and power to the squad.

Dan Rogers a left back who finished last season at Horsham has returned to the Saffrons, as has Dan Bolwell from Peacehaven, both players played under Danny Bloor previously at Town.

Another 3 players returning to the club for second spells are winger Ben Billings who has just returned from travelling, Imposing centre half Callum Sherriff has joined from Peacehaven and all action midfielder Brett Patton has also returned having  played under Bloor at Town also having had a spell at Worthing.

The last of the new addtions is Matt Gwynne, a highly rated young goalkeeper who has joined from Westfields who play in the Midland Football league, his previous clubs include Hereford United.

Talks are ongoing with other members of last years squad and other potential new players, and there are a number of trialists training with the club who will be involved in the the pre season games.

Off the field the Under 18's have a new management team, Gawain Archibald and brother Evan Archibald will run there side in the Ryman Youth League

The Reserves are no longer, but have been replaced by the new Under 21 team, which will take its place in the inaugural Midweek SCFL Under 21 league, Lawrence Brand & Clive Connell will head up this team. The club see the Under 21's as an important stepping stone to backing up the first team.

A reminder the first 1st team friendly is this Saturday away at Westfield, kick off is 3pm.

FA Cup Draw: 15 August 2015 Eastbourne Town are away v Colliers Wood United. The winners will then play at home v Whyteleafe

FA Vase: Eastbourne Town have received a bye into the first round proper due to finishing fourth in the League last season.

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Southern Combination Football League

The Sussex County Football League will next season change its name to the Macron Store Southern Combination Football League with Eastbourne Town playing in the renamed Premier Division.

 The SCFL press release about this can be found HERE


 UK Packaging Supplies Ltd UK press release stated, "We are pleased to announce our 3 year sponsorship deal with Eastbourne Town FC, continuing our support of grassroots football. We wish the club every success for the coming seasons."



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