The Eastbourne Rangers ESFL team travel to Old Hastonians this week in a top of the table clash. Hastonians have not played a competitive game since December 6th while rangers have played three more games since then, including two games over the last two weeks, which has seen rangers stretch their lead to eleven points at the top of table. However, Hastonians happen to have three games in hand and will fancy their title chances should they inflict a first league defeat on rangers at Bexhill Road.
Old Hastonians started their league campaign with the narrowest of victories over Crowhurst (1-0) while two weeks later they were awarded three points when Pebsham Sibex were unable to raise a side. Hastonians went on to win their next three league games with wins over Northam (4-2), The JC Tackleway (3-1) and Pebsham Sibex (7-1). But at the end of November, Hastonians dropped two points in a home tie against bottom side Northiam which turned out to be an eight goal thriller, the only points Old Hastonians have dropped all season.
Their league form reads: P6 W5 D1 L0 F19 A8 Pts16. These 19 league goals have been shared around three Hastonian players with Dan Foster (9), Will Cullen (5) and Loukas Bradbury (5) the only players to score in the league this season for this weeks opponents.
A rangers win this week will see the red and blacks go an incredible FOURTEEN points clear at the top of division two which is definitely the target for the travelling squad this week.
The rangers MSFL team face a tough trip to Jarvis Brook who sit one place and six points above rangers in division 6. Rangers will be hoping to avenge the reverse fixture which saw Jarvis Brook secure a 3-2 victory on the road back in November.
Brooks league form since then has been steady, and bearing in mind their last four league games have been at home, they might be slightly disappointed with their haul. A 3-2 defeat to title favourites Framfield and Blackboys United II was followed be a 3-2 victory over Rotherfield. But a shock 3-3 draw against Copthorne IV saw them lose top spot in the league. Their most recent result saw them brush aside Danehill 6-1 on home turf, a game which was played just before Christmas.
Their league form reads: P11 W8 D2 L1 F47 A21 Pts26 and their danger-men are top scorers Josh Rawlings (19 goals in 12 appearances) and Craig Harman (14 goals in 13 appearances). This will be a big test and is also a must win game if rangers want to hold on to the small shred of hope they still have of finishing in the top two.
Two tough games, good luck to all involved.
Bring home the points. :-)
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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...