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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.
SALTDEAN UNITED 0 EASTBOURNE TOWN
SALTDEAN UNITED 0 EASTBOURNE TOWN 6
WESTFIELD 0 EASTBOURNE TOWN
TUNBRIDGE WELLS 2 EASTBOURNE TOWN
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.
Make More Important Signings
A busy summer at the club continues ahead of our first friendly tomorrow at Tunbridge Wells with 2 of last season's squad signing this week. Club stalwart Adam Davison and the powerful Ross Sutton are the latest to commit there futures to the club, to the delight of Manager John Lambert.
Also coming in this week is the vastly experienced Shaun Loft who captained Eastbourne United to the Division 2 title and the Semi Final of the FA Vase last season. Matt Darby who was a regular at Hastings United last season has also completed the formalities of his signing.
Great signings confirmed
We are pleased to announce that Richard Davies will be our new Commercial manager and will join the committee for the forthcoming season. Richard has a tremendous track record and has been involved with local football for over 15 years. Richard played a key part in Eastbourne United's redevelopment and also organised 10 Celebrity charity events which raised over £100,000 locally for charities. Richard has already secured McDonalds as the New First Team Kit Sponsor with more sponsors in the pipeline.
On the player front we can confirm that Eastbourne Town have signed Sean Kelly, Andy Henson and Kenny Pogue who all previously played for Hastings United. Also signed for the coming season are Dominic Clarke, Ben Billings, Matthew Maclean, Max Hollobone and Danny Ellis. Alessandro Zarrelli has also signed having played recently for Erith & Belverdere. Finally we're happy to announce that the inspirational Steve Elliott is with us for another season.
Pre-Season Training Starts
Pre-Season training starts every Thursdays from 26th June at 6.45pm - meet at the Saffrons. Players old and new welcome. Trainers and boots will be required.
The management team have spoken with all of last seasons squad and talks are ongoing as we look to retain their services.
We are please to announce we have agreed terms with Danny Ellis (Age 28) and Matt Darby (Age 23) both midfielders who made 46 appearances each for Hastings United last season. Greg Nessling will also be returning to the club following a brief spell also at the U’s.
There are a number of other targets we have spoken to and made offers to and we are hopeful some of these will be finalised in the next couple of weeks as the squad begins to take shape ahead of returning to pre-season training.
We are in talks to appoint a first team coach in the next few weeks.
We have appointed Simon Reed as our new Ryman Under 18 manager who he has previous experience working in the now defunct Crawley Town Acadmey. The make up of his back room team will be confirmed in the next few weeks. There will be trial dates for the Under 18’s which will be announced next week. Simon is a UEFA B coach.
We have appointed Terry Matthews as our new Reserve Team manager, he has extensive experience in coaching youngsters and works for Brighton & Hove Albion in the Community. Terry is a UEFA B coach. The make up of his back room team will be confirmed in the next few weeks.
Our pre-season programme is in place and we will start pre-season training on Tuesday 24th June at the Saffrons 7pm, Friendlies are as follows:-
Saturday 12th July - Tunbridge Wells (Hayes Brook School) 2pm kick o ff
Saturday 19th July -
Westfield (a) 3pm kick o ff
Tuesday 22nd July - Saltdean
United (a) 7.30pm kick o ff
Saturday 26th July - Little
Common (Eastbourne Sports Park 3G) 2pm kick o ff
Tuesday 29th July - Hastings
United (h) 7.45pm kick o ff
Saturday 2nd Aug -
Redhill (a) 3pm kick o ff
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