Bexhill United sign ex-Eastbourne Borough ace

Bexhill United Football Club has signed a former Eastbourne Borough forward to help during the season run-in.

Thursday, 4th April 2019, 12:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th April 2019, 12:47 pm
Andy Atkin in action for previous club Bexhill AAC. Picture by Simon Newstead
Andy Atkin in action for previous club Bexhill AAC. Picture by Simon Newstead

The Pirates have brought in Andy Atkin on a dual-registration basis with East Sussex League Premier Division title hopefuls Bexhill Town.

Bexhill manager Ryan Light said: “We know Drew (Greenall, Bexhill’s regular number nine) is going to miss one out of the four (remaining games) so we’ve signed Andy Atkin just as cover.”

After playing for Little Common and Eastbourne United AFC, Atkin joined Conference South side Borough in March 2005.

He went on to make more than 200 appearances for the Sports, scoring a host of goals. The big target man helped Borough achieve promotion to the Conference Premier in 2008 and scored a hat-trick of headers away to Woking in January 2009.

Formidable in the air, Atkin went on to play for Redhill, Rye United and Bexhill United. In recent years he has played in the East Sussex League for Bexhill AAC.

Bexhill United lie third in Southern Combination League Division One - two points behind second-placed Steyning Town and three adrift of leaders Alfold - with four games remaining.

Southern Combination League Division One top half standings (played-points): 1 Alfold 28-68 (+48 goal difference), 2 Steyning Town 28-67 (+43), 3 BEXHILL UNITED 28-65 (+62), 4 AFC Varndeanians 27-58 (+35), 5 Selsey 28-54 (+28), 6 Littlehampton Town 28-41 (+3), 7 Hailsham Town 29-39 (+6), 8 Sidlesham 29-37 (-12), 9 Seaford Town 28-36 (-6).