Eastbourne Rangers look to continue their good run of form this week when they welcome Hawkhurst Athletic to the sports park. Rangers go into the game off the back of securing an Eastbourne Junior Cup semi final place, a solid home win against Catsfield in the league, and an excellent away point at JC Tackleway. Hawkhurst played their first game in THREE months last week when the improving Herstmonceux claimed all three points in a 2-0 victory.
Rangers and Hawkhurst met in gameweek three of the season, and after leading the game for 60 minutes, rangers were extremely disappointed not to take something from the game despite conceding two goals in the last 8 minutes which handed Hawkhurst a 2-1 league victory. Hawkhurst went on to secure back to back wins against Crowhurst with a 3-2 victory in the league cup and a comfortable 4-1 away win in the league. In mid October, Hawkhurst took division one’s Mountfield to extra time in the league cup which saw Mountfield win 5-4 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.
Seven days later Hawkhurst succumbed to a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of JC Tackleway but they got back to winning ways with wins over Roselands in the Kent FA Junior Cup (5-3) and a 4-1 home win against basement club Ninfield untied II. This has since seen a turn of fortune for Hawkhurst as 4 straight defeats followed which includes 3 league defeats at the hands of Wadhurst (2-0), Catsfield (3-0) and last weeks game against Herstmonceux (2-0). Sandwiched in-between these league defeats saw Hawkhurst bow out of the Kent Junior Cup at the hands of Maidstone Kestrels, 3-1.
Looking at the stats, Hawkhurst have failed to score in their last 3 league away games which must be cause for concern for their management team. Rangers, on the other hand, go into the game full of confidence with everything starting to click despite the long list of players on the physio’s table. This, like all games until the end of the season, is quite simply a MASSIVE game and only three points will do for the red and blacks.
And there is absolutely no reason why this cannot be achieved.
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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...