Match Preview: Crawley Town vs. Eastbourne United

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by Matt Squires

League One side Crawley Town have been drawn away to non-league Eastbourne United AFC in the second round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup.

A re-run of the 1990 final that saw Crawley lift the cup after a hard-fought victory, the fixture will take place at The Oval in Eastbourne on November 27.

Crawley, currently sitting 13th in Sky Bet League One, will enter the fixture in dire form, having recently claimed only a single point in their previous four league games.

The Reds, in the last six weeks alone, have seen league defeats at the hands of Brentford, Stevenage, Bristol City, Port Vale and League Two Newport County in a disastrous Football League Trophy outing.

Conversely, Eastbourne United, placed at the top of the Sussex County League Division Two, are currently enjoying a purple patch. Sitting three points clear of second-placed Loxwood, United are top contenders for promotion to the SCL League One.

Fresh from impressive wins over Midhurst & Easebourne in the league and Chessington & Hook United in the FA Vase, United will face Crawley in inspired form, and will look to take advantage of the tie being played on home soil.

The fixture takes place at The Oval in Eastbourne next Wednesday (Nov 27), with kick-off currently scheduled for 7.45pm.

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