Little Common target second victory over league leaders

Liam Ward competes for an aerial ball during Little Common's 1-0 defeat at home to Eastbourne Town last weekend. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Liam Ward competes for an aerial ball during Little Common's 1-0 defeat at home to Eastbourne Town last weekend. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

Little Common Football Club is bidding for a second victory over the Southern Combination League Premier Division leaders in less than three weeks.

The Commoners will travel to table-topping Horsham YMCA in the league on Saturday hoping to repeat their 3-1 Sussex Senior Challenge Cup success at the same venue on Tuesday November 6.

Common player-manager Russell Eldridge said: “I think that performance should give us a bit of confidence and a bit of a boost. Maybe they had a slightly different team, but they certainly won’t be taking anything for granted after our last performance against them.

“It’s an exciting fixture because we want to be challenging ourselves against the best teams and Horsham are one of those.”

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Horsham are four points clear at the top of the table having won 13 of their 16 league fixtures so far. Common are 15th with 15 points from as many matches and have lost only one of their last seven in all competitions.

“It’s going to be another extremely tough game,” continued Eldridge, a one-time Horsham YMCA player. “It’s vitally important we go there again and put in a good performance.

“The performances have been okay of late and any game you put in a performance to the best of your ability, the outcome will take care of itself.

“We won’t really change too much. We’ve got a way of playing now where everyone knows their roles and responsibilities, and that’s how we’ll continue to play moving forwards.

“If we can defend well, as we have done of late, and show our pace and quality going forward, we’ll have a chance.”

Common’s third round tie at home to Haywards Heath Town in the Sussex Senior Cup has been pencilled in for Tuesday December 4.