The Eastbourne Eagles are chasing down a top place finish in this year’s National League but face some of their biggest tests in the next few home meetings.
Tonight (9 September), their unbeaten record at Arlington Stadium in official fixtures since joining the National League, is bound to come under severe strain.
Lakeside Hammers are the visitors, who are also seeking a top four finish in the league table to qualify for the end-of-season Play Offs.
A top place finish, although it does not give the Eagles the championship, remains very much the Sussex club’s aim.
It will give Eastbourne a choice of opponents from the other three in the semi-finals.
Victories against Lakeside tonight and in next week’s double header against Kent and Mildenhall, means their points total would be uncatchable.
Lakeside will want to upset the Eastbourne applecart and veteran Paul Hurry is in their side – he was a member of the Eagles’ 2000 Championship team.
Team manager Connor Dugard has named a full-strength team for the vital fixture. He said, “It will be the toughest match of the season so far. But if we are to finish where we want to, we have to beat these teams.”
The match starts at 7.30pm.
Eastbourne: Jake Knight, Tom Brennan, Josh Bailey, Charley Powell, Georgie Wood, Charlie Saunders, Mattie Bates.
Lakeside: Danny Ayres (G), Nick Laurence, P.aul Hurry, Alfie Bowtell, Ben Morley, Alex Spooner, Connor Locke.