Top three finish in Common’s sights

Lewis Hole (yellow shirt, nearest camera) scores Little Common's opening goal in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Saltdean United. Picture courtesy Catherine Gurney
Lewis Hole (yellow shirt, nearest camera) scores Little Common's opening goal in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Saltdean United. Picture courtesy Catherine Gurney
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Seven points from their final three games of the season will ensure Little Common’s footballers finish in a promotion place.

The Commoners currently occupy the all-important third spot in Macron Store Southern Combination Football League Division One and are above fourth-placed Mile Oak on goal difference having played a game less.

Bradley Pritchard tussles for possession against Saltdean. Picture courtesy Catherine Gurney

Bradley Pritchard tussles for possession against Saltdean. Picture courtesy Catherine Gurney

Common will travel to sixth-placed Lingfield tomorrow (Saturday) before hosting Bexhill United on Easter Monday and visiting Midhurst & Easebourne on Saturday April 22.

“We’ll just continue to focus on ourselves,” said Common player-manager Russell Eldridge. “The most important game now is the one at Lingfield.

“We’ll be looking to get ourselves three points and some goals to boot because now we’re only nine away from 100 (in the league).

“It’s a tough place to go and they’re always a difficult team to play against, but we’ve got that goal in front of us and we’ll be doing everything we can to try and achieve it.”

Wes Tate in the thick of the action last weekend. Picture courtesy Catherine Gurney

Wes Tate in the thick of the action last weekend. Picture courtesy Catherine Gurney

Regular goalkeeper Matt Cruttwell is unavailable so Joe Turner is expected to deputise between the posts. Harry Saville should return in midfield, but the game will probably come too soon for injured 18-goal forward Jamie Crone.

Mile Oak’s remaining fixtures, incidentally, are away to Midhurst & Easebourne tomorrow and Southwick on Tuesday April 18.

Southern Combination League Division One top eight (played-points): 1 East Preston 31-71, 2 Saltdean United 31-70, 3 LITTLE COMMON 31-66, 4 Mile Oak 32-66, 5 Steyning Town 33-60, 6 Lingfield 30-54, 7 Selsey 29-46, 8 BEXHILL UNITED 33-44.

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