After last weeks cup heroics, Eastbourne Rangers return to league action this weekend where they will be hoping to get a result against a very strong JC Tackleway side. Tackleway currently sit in second spot of division 2 and have a league record as follows: P7 W4 D2 L1 F17 A10 Pts14
Their league campaign started off with a comfortable 3-0 home win against Ninfield II while a week later, they were involved in an entertaining 4-4 draw on home turf against Wittersham. Week 3 saw Tackleway hit the road for the first time where they collected all 3 points at Catsfield with a solid 3-1 victory. A break in league action saw Eastbourne Albert take JC Tackleway to extra time in the league cup with this weeks opponents eventually too strong for the Albert, securing a 2-1 win and safe passage through to the next round. They then suffered their first defeat in the league when Wadhurst United proved too strong at Washwell Lane, 2-0 to the home side the final scoreline.
They didn’t fair so well in the Hastings FA Junior Cup a week later either where they suffered their second defeat of the season with Bexhill AAC 3-1 victors. A brief return to league action saw Tackleway play out a 0-0 stalemate against a depleted Windsor side at the sports park while 7 days later, Bexhill AAC did it again coming away with a 6-0 victory over Tackleway in the league cup. Normal service was quickly resumed with back to back away wins at Hawkhurst United (4-2) and Crowhurst (3-0). The Crowhurst game was Tackleway’s last competitive game on the first Saturday of November.
This week’s opposition seem to share the goals around with Georges Williams (4), Antons Poplavskis (3) and Josh Eaton (3) all on the divisions top scorers list. Rangers have 3 players on 4 league goals each with Ben Jesson, Glen Noble and Dan Harmer looking to add to their totals while new signing Sean Hardie will be hoping to make his long awaited debut for the club by signing on with a goal or two himself.
Despite Tackelway’s four game baron run of one draw from four games, they now looked to have turned the corner meaning rangers should expect a very tough game, especially at Barley Lane where the very narrow pitch is difficult to play on. Rangers last made this trip on the opening day of the season two years ago when they played the Tackleway second string. Second half goals from Sam Weller, Stuart Potter and Andy Wells secured a 3-0 victory on the day, sadly all three players are no longer with the club.
The red and blacks should feel encouraged by their recent form which has seen them lose just one of their last six games with back to back clean sheets also very pleasing from the last 2 matches. If everyone turns up on song, and willing to work for each other, there is no reason to think about anything less than THREE MASSIVE 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...