Eastbourne looking to halt free-scoring Banbury

Barnes fire a penalty in the top corner of the Eastbourne net during their 6-2 victory at the Saffrons on Saturday
Barnes fire a penalty in the top corner of the Eastbourne net during their 6-2 victory at the Saffrons on Saturday

Promotion chasing Banbury will be welcomed to the Saffrons this weekend as Eastbourne Hockey Firsts look to finish off the last leg of the season in style.

With five matches remaining Eastbourne hockey coach David Adelston is aiming for five wins and a mid-table finish.

The Saffrons outfit fell to a disappointing 6-2 home defeat at the hands of Barnes last weekend, after back to back league wins for the first time this season.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Eastbourne, who are eighth in South League Division Two, host high flying Banbury who handed the men a 8-2 drumming back in November.

Banbury are second in the table with the deadliest strike force in the league having scored 94 goals in 17 matches this season, at and average of more than five goals a game.

Eastbourne will also be without key player Andy Edwards, who is unavailable.

If Adelston’s men are to cause an upset they will have to recapture their form from the beginning of 2015 which saw them defeat West Hampstead and Tulse Hill and Dulwich.

“Last weekend was an own goal they just didn’t perform. We’ve had some positive performances this year and we need to take that into this weekend’s match against Banbury.”

After an inconsistent season so far Adelston is looking for a strong finish to the season from his players.

Adelston said, “I want to win our five remaining matches and target a mid table finish. You never know how many teams are going to get relegated it could be two or five, so we’ve just got to take every match as it comes.”