Eastbourne Rangers V Catsfield - Match Preview
6th March 2014
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Must win game for rangers

Rangers return to league action this week for the first time since mid December 2013 when they welcome Catsfield to the field of dreams. The two sides locked horns back in October which saw rangers romp to an impressive 4-1 away victory at Catsfield Rec. Since losing to rangers however, Catsfield have picked up form in the league as well as some new players along the way. A 2-1 home win against Crowhurst preceded two 2-2 away draws against Hersmonceux and Wittersham for this weeks opponents. They then impressively edged out Wadhurst 6-5 (aet) in the Hastings FA Junior Cup before completing the league double over Crowhurst with a 2-0 victory at Crowhurst Rec. There good run came to an end when league favourites Little Chelsea secured a 3-2 while a dour 0-0 home draw against Herstmonceux followed a week later. Catsfields last competitive fixture saw then nocth up a superb 3-0 home win against Hawkhurst United – way back on December 14th 2013.Their  league record reads P11 W3 D3 L5 F17 A23 Pts12 and player manager Tony Luke is their top scorer on five league goals.

With Catsfields lack of games in nearly three months, this will surely give rangers the edge with recent friendlies and last weeks narrow cup win against Eastbourne Athletic undoubtedly keeping the squad sharp. However, it should be noted that their only defeat since losing to rangers in October was at the hands of league leaders Little Chelsea so this will be a very tight game.

In what has been a pattern for this season, rangers have several players unavailable through injury, but a recent boost has been the signing of Tony Derese after he impressed greatly in training on Wednesday. And after being cup tied last week, Steve Green will also be pushing to make his long awaited rangers competitive debut.

Early nights for the squad this week, this is a MUST WIN game if rangers are to have a fighting chance of staying in this division.

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Eastbourne Rangers were formed in May 2009 and after a seasons worth of consolidation, we haven't looked back since. Four league consecutive titles in five years (which have seen the club promoted SIX...

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