Eldridge not fussed about being top

Little Common player-manager Russell Eldridge
Little Common player-manager Russell Eldridge

Russell Eldridge certainly isn’t getting carried away with his Little Common team being top of the table.

Common have picked up 13 points from a possible 18 to lead the way four weeks into the Sussex County Football League Division Two season.

When Common’s position at the summit was mentioned to him, Common player-manager Eldridge replied: “Apparently so. I don’t really look at the league table. We’ll get more of an understanding after 10 games.”

Common responded to their only defeat so far away to Newhaven with three wins in the space of eight days, but Eldridge wouldn’t be drawn on whether his team can be among the frontrunners this term.

“The response has been fantastic from everyone,” he continued. “We’ve made a good start, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels. I think it’s too early to talk about who’s going to be challenging and who’s not.”

It does at least look, however, as though there should be no repeat of last season when Common needed a strong finish to avoid the two relegation places.

“I think we’ve played a few more games than some people, but we’re getting those points on the board early which is key for us so we don’t have those worries we had at the back end of last year,” Eldridge went on.

Next up for Common is a trip to Loxwood tomorrow (Saturday). Loxwood have drawn four and lost two of their opening six games, the most recent of which was a 1-0 reverse at home to Bexhill United last weekend.

See today’s Bexhill Observer for the full article.