Eastbourne Rangers face division one side Langney Wanderers Reserves this week in the Eastbourne Junior Cup at the sports park. The two sides met in preseason at Shinewater Lane where they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Ben Jesson netting for rangers on the day.
Wanderers opened their league campaign with a series of narrow one goal defeats which began with a 4-3 defeat at division one champions Hollington United II. Crowborough Athletic III were the first side to face wanderers at “The Lane” this year with the away side coming away with a 3-2 victory while a week later, Wanderers were back on the road at Sedlescombe Rangers with the home side recording a slim 3-2 victory. Mountfield United were the victors 7 days later by the same 3-2 scoreline but the following week Wanderers got off the mark with a stunning 4-1 victory against Orington, with Rikki Prodger netting a hatrick.
Bexhill AAC were the next side to visit Shinewater Lane, and they came away with a comfortable 4-1 win which was closely followed by wanderers losing 4-2 away to Icklesham. In their last two games, Wanderers have put together back to back wins for the first time; the first a 3-1 victory over bottom club Sandhurst; the second a 5-3 Sussex FA Junior Cup win over division fours Bexhill-on- Sea. Wanderers league record reads P7 W2 D0 L5 F17 A20 Pts6. The league table is currently showing wanders have played 8 games notching up 3 wins but this includes a home win awarded to them last weekend when Eastbourne Albert could not fulfil the fixture. Ultimately, all of Eastbourne Alberts games will be expunged from the league table.
Wanderers are bound to be on a high as their new side is clearly beginning to gel. Both teams go into the game full of confidence with rangers losing just one of their last 5 games; that being a 5-2 defeat at the hands of runaway division 2 leaders Little Chelsea. Rangers have mustered 10 points from their last five games which is much more like the form they are hoping to maintain for the rest of the season. Rangers will have to keep a close eye on wanderers top scorer Tate Fly who as amalgamated 5 league goals from central midfield during this current campaign while wanderers will be looking to stem the flow of goals that marksmen Ben Jesson, Glen Noble and new signing Sean Hardie are hoping to acquire.
The forecast is good for this weekend so it should be GAME ON!
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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...