Common aiming to kick on

Steve Mote (left), who is suspended for Little Common's game away to Ringmer tomorrow, keeps a close eye on an opponent during August's reverse fixture. Picture by Simon Newstead

Steve Mote (left), who is suspended for Little Common's game away to Ringmer tomorrow, keeps a close eye on an opponent during August's reverse fixture. Picture by Simon Newstead

  • Little Common buoyed by midweek cup win over Eastbourne United AFC
  • Commoners have won three of four cup matches this season
  • Eldridge’s side has suffered successive 2-1 defeats in league
  • Common away to Ringmer in league tomorrow
  • Reverse fixture in August ended in a 4-2 victory
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Russell Eldridge is hoping that Little Common’s excellent midweek cup victory will be the catalyst for the football club to push on.

Common won 2-1 after extra-time away to higher grade Eastbourne United AFC in round two of the Sussex Principal RUR Charity Cup on Tuesday night.

On our day we’re capable of beating anyone in the league above if we apply ourselves and perform to the level we can.

Russell Eldridge

Eldridge said: “On our day we’re capable of beating anyone in the league above if we apply ourselves and perform to the level we can. Hopefully that result will give us the springboard to kick on.”

Common have won three of their four cup matches so far this season and they will be eager to start winning again in the league having lost their last two Macron Store Southern Combination Football League Division One matches.

While the 2-1 loss away to in-form Haywards Heath Town with 10 men a fortnight ago was a gallant effort, the reverse by the same score at previously winless Midhurst & Easebourne last weekend was hugely disappointing.

“It was a very, very poor result at the weekend,” continued Eldridge. “I don’t think we did enough. We weren’t clinical enough in front of goal and we didn’t have the quality on the ball.

“I’m hoping Saturday was just a blip. If you take away the first game of the season (when Common lost 5-2 at Crawley Down Gatwick) and Saturday’s game, other than that we’ve been very consistent.”

Lying seventh in the table with 12 points from seven matches, Common will travel to Ringmer tomorrow (Saturday) keen for a repeat of their 4-2 victory in the reverse fixture on the August Bank Holiday Monday.

Ringmer have put together an impressive looking squad of players, but their results have been inconsistent. They trail Common by six places and four points having played two more fixtures.

“The last thing we want is back-to-back league defeats so it’s important when we’ve lost a league game, to get something in the next game,” added Eldridge.

As generally seems to be the case, Common will be without several players. Dan Estherby, Martin Denny, Liam Foster and Dom Bristow are all away, and Steve Mote is suspended. Jamie Crone may play some part in the game as he steps up his recovery from an ankle injury.

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