Bexhill expect ace Clarke to stay

Bexhill United expect to have Dominic Clarke available for the remainder of the season.

Clarke began the season with Bexhill and took over the captain’s armband before Christmas, but has spent most of the last two-and-a-half months playing two levels higher for Burgess Hill Town.

Asked if he expects Clarke to be available for the rest of the campaign, Bexhill boss Darrol Parris said: “He said he will be. I wouldn’t have thought he would’ve trained (with Bexhill) on Tuesday if he was at Burgess Hill.”

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Ryman Division One South strugglers Burgess Hill changed their managerial set-up recently, though, and the likeable 28-year-old has played in Bexhill’s last two matches.

Clarke scored twice in last weekend’s 2-1 win at Midhurst & Easebourne to make it 21 for the season - four shy of the target set for him last summer by Parris, himself a prolific marksman in his playing days.

“I think he’s improved in a short space of time. He’s always worked hard for me, but I think his touch has had to get a little bit better and his awareness of other people around him. I think he’s learnt a bit,” added Parris.

See tomorrow’s Bexhill Observer for the full article.