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Eastbourne v Grimsby Preview

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 28/01/2011

THE Mariners travel to the South Coast to face a team who haven't won since the 2nd of October or picked up a point since the 13th of November. So 3-2 Eastbourne?

  • Manager: Garry Wilson
  • Nickname: The Sports
  • Founded: 1964
  • Current Top Goalscorer: Jamie Taylor (8)
  • League Position: 23rd
  • Current Form: LLLLLL

    Their History

    Borough have had 9 just years under the guise of Eastbourne Borough previously being known as Langney in the hardly well known football hotbed of Sussex. The county only has Brighton as a professional club but Eastbourne’s rise to the Conference back in 2008 maybe the first steps to altering that. The club reached the FA Cup first round for the first time in 2005 and though the club's previous awards have mostly been from local competitions they club are slowly progressing their way through the leagues.

    Last Season Was.

    A lot tougher than originally thought. The club had survived the previous season (their first in the Conference) well, they found themselves come May 13th and a whopping 17 points clear of relegation. The following year was a different story, the club started fairly well winning games at sporadic but comfortable rates to avoid relegation but come October the club were unable to get a winner in any of their games. An incredible 6 draws out of 7 matches plummeted the Sports down the table with only a win against Welling in the FA Trophy offering light relief. By the end of the January the club had managed just 1 win in the league since September but a late rally saw the club pick up enough points to take their fate to the final day which was set up to be the tightest of finishes. An 84th minute penalty was all that separated Eastbourne from relegation at the end a draw would have seen them doomed to the Conference South.

    This Season

    It all started so well for The Sports: 2 wins in the opening 3 games, one a huge 5-0 against Hayes, offered so much to the small club even by the time they saddled up to Blundell Park in late October things weren't looking too grim. The club were 15th and in the middle of a run, which saw them make 8 points in 7 League games but soon Eastbourne, were in trouble. 5 successive defeats from November to January saw the club fall through the tight bottom half of the league now in the relegation places the club have yet to recover2 heavy defeats both by 3 goals in the last week haven't done any good either right now Eastbourne are at their lowest ebb.

    Key Player: Jamie Taylor

    The Crawley-born striker may wish he was at his home town club right now but the 28-year-old is currently top goal scorer and hopefully relishing the challenge he has to face. A series of southern non-league have had Taylor on their books Woking, Aldershot, Grays and Dag &Red have all used the strikers services but non to great affect. This season nonetheless has really seen him come in to his own in a struggling Eastbourne team, 8 goals so far have helped his side to some essential points in the relegation fight they now find themselves in. A real asset to the club right now

    Prediction

    Eastbourne 0-2 Grimsby

    The game really is one Woods and his men should find themselves winners Eastbourne are in dire form and without all 3 points the Woods Out brigade will be out in fine voice.

    Grimsby

    1 Kenny Arthur Goalkeeper
    2 Peter Bore Midfielder
    3 Lee Ridley Defender
    4 Mark Hudson Midfielder
    5 Darran Kempson Defender
    6 Scott Garner Defender
    7 Lewis Gobern Midfielder
    8 Michael Cummins Midfielder
    9 Charles Ademeno Striker
    10 Lee Peacock Striker
    11 Michael Coulson Striker
    13 Nick Colgan Goalkeeper
    14 Michael Leary Midfielder
    15 Dwayne Samuels Defender
    16 Steven Watt Defender
    17 Alan Connell Striker
    18 Serge Makofo Midfielder
    19 Bradley Wood Midfielder
    20 Josh Fuller Midfielder
    21 Andi Thanoj
    22 Mark Gray
    22 Dean Sinclair Midfielder
    23 Tom Corner Striker
    24 Nathan Dixon Striker
    25 Robert Atkinson Defender
    29 Robert Eagle Midfielder
    30 Steve Croudson Goalkeeper
    40 Robert Peet Goalkeeper

    Eastbourne

    1 England GK Danny Knowles
    2 England DF Darren Baker
    3 England DF Neil Jenkins
    4 England MF Matt Smart
    5 England DF Ben Austin
    6 England DF Matt Langston
    7 England FW Jamie Taylor
    8 England MF Simon Johnson
    9 England FW Andy Atkin
    10 Dominica FW Richard Pacquette
    11 England MF Matt Crabb
    12 England FW Ethan Strevett
    13 England GK Rikki Banks
    14 England MF Simon Weatherstone
    15 England MF Nathan Crabb
    16 England MF Steve Brinkhurst
    19 England MF Ross Treleaven
    20 England MF Luke Rooney (on loan from Gillingham)
    24 England DF Gary Elphick

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