Eastbourne Town Football Club
 Established 1881

First team fixtures can be found here: FIXTURES

Pre-Season Matches

EASTBOURNE TOWN 5 HASTINGS UNITED 1

Eastbourne Town's 100% pre-season record carried on with a clinical victory over rivals Hastings United. Full report to follow.


Eastbourne Town in action against Hastings United

LITTLE COMMON 0 EASTBOURNE TOWN 4

Little Common provided the latest pre-season test for John Lambert's new look side and it ended in a comfortable 4-0 win. On yet another sweltering day, the Eastbourne Sports park 3G was the latest location in front of a decent crowd. First half goals from Ross Sutton from the penalty spot and Matt McCLean following great work from Joe Dryer put town 2 up at the break.

A host of changes at half time gave Town a second half freshness in which they controlled, and added to the scoreline with Matt Darby prodding home from close range and Andy Henson with his second of pre season, there was even time for McClean to miss a penalty and the woodwork to be hit and numerous top saves from Matt Crutwell in the visitors goal.

Next up are the two stiffest tests against Ryman South opposition to complete the pre season schedule, first up our local neighbours Hastings united visit the Saffrons Tuesday and the Redhill at Kiln Brow on Saturday.

SALTDEAN UNITED 0 EASTBOURNE TOWN 6
Following last nights friendly at Saltdean United, Town boss John Lambert completed the signing of long term target Joe Dryer. Joe was a vital part of the Peacehaven side that won promotion to the Ryman league, and in Eastbourne United's run to the FA Vase semi final least season. He scored twice in the 6-0 win last night, the other goals came from Kenny Pogue with a hatrick and Danny Ellis.

WESTFIELD 0 EASTBOURNE TOWN 3

Town travelled to the Parish Field on Saturday in stiflingly hot conditions but came away with a 3-0 win. Skipper Sean Kelly gave Town a early lead when he scored following a training ground corner routine. Just before half time Andy Henson cross found Dom Clarke who beat the defender and shot into the far right corner to double the advantage. The impressive Henson scored the third Town goal when he thumped the ball home.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS 2 EASTBOURNE TOWN 4

The match played on the 4G pitch at the Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge started fifty minutes late due to a misunderstanding over the kick-off time with the match referee. However, hanging around in the hot an humid conditions was not the best preparation and it was the home side who took the lead after just two minutes when a speculative cross-come-shot from the left evaded everybody in the box and just squeezed in off the far post.

Both sides went close with free kicks in the following ten minutes but Town eventually got back on level terms when Matt Maclean followed up to net after the home keeper fumbled his original effort. Next the Wells thought that they had regained the lead but an Assistant’s flag saw the effort struck out for offside. Town then won the first corner of the match when a shot was turned round the post just on the midway point following a drinks break.

On thirty-two minutes Town took the lead when Kenny Pogue completed a good solo move with a shot that bulged the net. Eight minutes before the break Tunbridge Wells won their first corner and the pinpoint delivery set up the equaliser; however, the restart was delayed as the referee was called upon to sort out the aftermath of a melee in the box with claims and counter-claims of ill deeds. Thankfully half time quickly brought an opportunity for both sides to cool down and for Town to make five outfield substitutions.

Two minutes after the restart Kenny Pogue restored Town’s lead when he netted his second with a first time volley from a cross from the right. Seven minutes later Town increased their lead through substitute Snashall who headed in another accurate cross.

With the game virtually decided, Tunbridge Wells used numerous substitutes, coupled with the heat and further drinks breaks the game petered out.

Notwithstanding, a good first workout from which Manager John Lambert and his staff will have learned some lessons.


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NEXT GAME:

Friendly v Redhill
2 August 2014 at Redhill kick off 3.00pm.


LAST GAME:

Friendly:
Eastbourne Town 5
Hastings United 1


HOME GROUND:

The Saffrons
Compton Place Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 1EA

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Adult £6
OAP £3
Under 16s get in free for league games but are charged £2 for cup games. ID required.

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