Atkins issues a one-month SOS plea after Seaford defeat

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CLYMPINC Football Club manager Darran Atkins believes his side have one month to turn things around and has issued an SOS, saying they “need a win in the next month to save their season”.

On Saturday they slipped to another heavy defeat, 4-0 at home to high-flying Seaford in County League Division 2.

But Atkins took positives from Clymping’s 18th successive loss, and still believes his side can survive, but stressed the importance of the next month.

He said: “The way I see it, we’ve got a month to save our season.

“If we’re still winless by the middle of January, then that’s it in terms of our Division 2 future.

“I’ve got the team I want now, but they need to gel and we need any sort of result as quickly as possible to get the best out of them. It’s wearing me down, nothing’s falling for us, and it’s hugely frustrating. The first 10 minutes and last 20 were encouraging, but fitness-wise we’re off the pace.”

Liam Keith put sixth-placed Seaford Town on 14 minutes and Tyler Goatcher doubled their lead on 29 minutes.

Ben Lee added the third and Keith put gloss on the scoreline with the fourth on 69 minutes.

Clymping’s Ryan Blackwood and Steve Duffin both saw late efforts saved, but 4-0 was the way it stayed.

Clymping captain Brad Johnson returned to the team after seven weeks out with a knee injury.

CLYMPING: May; Denford, Johnson, Mann, James; Sweeney, Blackwood, Radcliffe, Lawton; Duffin, Longhurst. Subs: Harris, Gordon (Radcliffe, Lawton 70), Perkins, Palmer.