Bexhill expect tough start to home programme

Bexhill United Football Club is keenly looking forward to its first home fixtures of the season.

Action from the game between Little Common and Bexhill United on Wednesday, last week. Picture by Simon Newstead
Action from the game between Little Common and Bexhill United on Wednesday, last week. Picture by Simon Newstead

The Pirates will host Mile Oak in Macron Store Southern Combination Football League Division One tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) and Ringmer on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Bexhill manager Marc Munday: “We’ve got four games on the bounce at home, which is great if you’re winning. Now we’ve got the opportunity to play at home, we’ve got to make that place a fortress.

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“I think it’s a really tough four games, but if we win them, we’ll have played some of the better sides in the league and be in a really good position.”

Munday’s main focus is on keeping things tight defensively as Bexhill seek to add to the nine points they’ve picked up from their opening four league matches.

Although fixtureless over the past week, Bexhill held a hard training session on Tuesday night which was attended by almost all of the squad.

Jack Woodward is about to start a three-match ban and Dan Cruikshank is away for tomorrow’s game but back for Tuesday’s. Munday hopes to have Andy Garman back in the fold following a hamstring problem.

Little Common’s footballers, meanwhile, are preparing to visit Haywards Heath Town for the third time in five weeks.

After one win each in two cup ties, the teams will meet yet again at Hanbury Park tomorrow, this time in Macron Store Southern Combination League Division One.

Common player-manager Russell Eldridge said: “It’s a bit ridiculous, but that’s the way it is and we’ll get on with it. Both games so far have been tight affairs and I expect a similar game - I wouldn’t expect either team to run away with it. We’ll set ourselves up in a way that will be hard to beat and hopefully we can come away with a positive result.”

Common have won their last four league games and Heath their last three after both clubs lost on the opening day.

Common will be without Jamie Crone as the in-form forward has a badly swollen ankle which Eldridge believes will sideline him for at least a fortnight.

Martin Denny is suspended, Paul Feakins is at a wedding and Zack McEniry is rated 50-50 because of the injury which kept him out of last weekend’s win over Saltdean United, but Eldridge was hoping to make a couple of signings by the end of this week.

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