Bexhill ace to join Eastbourne

Matt Cunnington on the charge during the Boxing Day derby against Little Common. Picture by Simon Newstead
Matt Cunnington on the charge during the Boxing Day derby against Little Common. Picture by Simon Newstead

Bexhill United footballer Matt Cunnington is on his way to higher grade Eastbourne United AFC.

The talented wide player scored three goals and produced some eye-catching displays since joining Macron Store Southern Combination Football League Division One club Bexhill in early September.

Cunnington hasn’t featured since the Boxing Day derby defeat to Little Common for health reasons and Premier Division team Eastbourne recently issued a seven-day approach for the player.

Bexhill joint manager Ryan Light said: “He’s informed us he would like to take Eastbourne United up on their offer. He’s not really fit to play (following a recent operation), but he’s going travelling in the summer and if he can get one or two more games in the league above, that’s what he wants to do.

“He’s a cracking lad and he goes with our blessing. He was a real joy to watch when he first came in and scored some great goals for us. He’s got bags of ability and he’s one of the nicest fellows I’ve worked with in football.

“He’s a really good player when he’s fit, but because of this operation he’s struggled to keep himself fit and he wants a new challenge just to finish the season off.”

Light added that Bexhill have decided not to pursue the approaches they issued for former player Jack Aston, currently at Langney Wanderers, and AFC Uckfield midfielder Matt Maclean.

“Our circumstances have changed slightly,” Light added. “We put the seven-day letters in because there were a couple of games where we started to look a little bit threadbare, but since then our numbers have been bolstered.

“We’ve had a couple of players come back from injury, the emergence of Nathan Lopez from the under-21s and we’ve signed John Akoto.”

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