Two games for our teams this week….
Our ESFL side entertain AFC Hastings on the sports park 3g in a 1pm kick off. This game has been switched from Bexhill Road in light of the inclement weather, our thanks to our opponents for agreeing to this.
The sides have already met earlier in the season when rangers ran out 4-0 winners thanks to goals from Ben Jesson (2) and Jamie Strong (2). Since the last meeting AFC have struggled somewhat picking up just seven points from their last seven league games. A draw against JC Tackleway, a win against Ticehurst and a “walkover” win against Wadhurst (who couldn’t field a side) saw AFC accumulate these points in between four league defeats against Sidley United (twice), JC Tackleway and Old Hastonians. Their league record reads P9 W2 D1 L6 F18 A35 Pts7 and their top scorer is Wes Peoples (12) who is also a regular for Bexhill United U21s.
AFC are also under new management which can often breathe new life into a club; therefore rangers will have to be at their best if they want to secure a fourth straight league win. Confidence should be high after last week’s performance particularly that of the second half when rangers scored six without reply against Wadhurst United who held a narrow 1 goal half time lead. Rangers have three players on nine league goals each; Ben Jesson, Jamie Strong and last weeks super sub Dan Wilkes.
Our MSFL team face Polegate Town II in a game which has been switched to Old Town Rec by our opponents. It is expected that Town could very well field a strengthened side with their first team due to travel to a pitch which has been out of use for three months due to the weather….
The two sides have already met twice this season with Town running out 2-1 winners early on in the 2015/16 campaign (rangers only league defeat to date) but in the return, rangers ran out comfortable 5-2 winners thanks to goals from Joe Horton, Dan Harmer, Glen Noble (2) and substitute Dylan Nanuck. Since the last meeting between the two, Town have only picked up one point in six games in the league in a 1-1 draw at Rotherfield United II. Defeats to Jarvis Brook II (twice), AFC Hurst, East Grinstead United II and Peacehaven United II sees Town struggling at the foot of the division 4 table.
Their league form reads: P11 W1 D1 L9 F11 A42 Pts4 and their joint top scorers are Barrie Poole and Joe Lyons who have netted 3 times each. Derby days often see form go out of the window, therefore only the correction application and attitude will see rangers stretch their unbeaten run to an impressive 12 games.
Good luck to both rangers teams and to all involved.
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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...