The Peacocks will be aiming to secure their first Vanarama National League South double of the season when they travel to play Eastbourne Borough tomorrow afternoon (2nd December), ko 3.00pm.
Town came out on top against the East Sussex outfit just over two months ago at the Somerset Campervan Co Stadium, the last occasion that the Peacocks claimed a League victory. In the six games since, Town have collected just three points from a possible 18, a sequence of results which has seen them fall to 15th place. However, they have games in hand on all the sides above them as they embark on a demanding schedule of nine games during December.
Borough meanwhile have played more games than any other team in the division, having fulfilled 22 of their fixtures. Despite this they sit in 20th spot, one point above the relegation zone and having lost 12 of their matches whilst winning five. They come into tomorrow’s meeting having secured one victory from their past ten League outings, a 3-1 home win over Braintree last month. They have failed to follow this up with any more success, a draw at Dover being their only point whilst a 1-0 reverse at Hemel Hempstead has been sandwiched by two conclusive defeats to Tonbridge Angels and Torquay United at Priory Lane. In a bid to freshen things up, manager Mark Beard has recently signed full back David Sesay from Weymouth and striker Louis Collins from Whitehawk whilst winger Alfie Bridgman who played in the September game has departed and since joined Bognor Regis Town.
Taunton’s only other visit to Priory Lane came last season when two goals from Ross Stearn and a pearler from Dylan Morgan conjured up a 3-0 win. A replica outcome tomorrow would get December off to a great start for Head of Football Rob Dray who said: “It’s another long trip and a 3G surface so we have to be prepared. Our recent performances have been good, but we haven’t gained what we deserved from those games, so we go there in good spirits but mindful that the hard work has to be maintained. If we do that and apply ourselves as we have been doing positive results will follow.”
Nat Jarvis is suspended for tomorrow after receiving a second yellow card and subsequent red in the aftermath of last weekend’s game with Worthing, but Cameron Evans returns after serving his own one game ban, with the squad otherwise unchanged.
Ground: Priory Lane, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN23 7QH
Ground to Ground: 177.9 miles (via A303/M27/A27)
Directions: From the direction of Brighton on the A27 take the A22 towards Stone Cross and Westham at the Golden Jubilee Roundabout. At the next roundabout take the first exit again towards Stone Cross and Westham (B2447). Continue towards Stone Cross village until you come to a crossroads, with a church on your left and the Red Lion pub on the. Turn right just past the pub onto the B2104 Friday Street. At the end of Friday Street, turn left at the double mini-roundabout into Hide Hollow (B2191). After passing Eastbourne Crematorium on your right, turn right at the roundabout into Priory Road. The entrance to the ground is about 200 yards down the road on the left. There is a good-sized car park at the ground which holds 400 cars.
Admission: Tickets can be purchased online in advance HERE priced Adults £13, Concessions (Over 65s & Blue Light Card holders) £9, Students & Under 18s £4 Students, Under 12s Free accompanied by paying adult (free ticket must be collected from the box office)
On The Day Gate Prices: Adults £18, Concessions £12, Students & Under 18s £6, Under 12s Free accompanied by paying adult (free ticket must be collected from box office)
Clubhouse open from noon, stadium open at 2.00pm
Match Commentary: live commentary will be available on Peacocks Radio
Last meeting: the Peacocks came out on top in the first fixture between the sides at the end of September. Cameron Evans gave Town the lead just before the break and Ross Stearn added another in the second half before the visitors scored a consolation goal from Decarrey Sheriff in stoppage time. Relive the match highlights HERE