Eastbourne continue their defence of the National League KO Cup on Saturday (June 2) when they face Coventry in the quarter final, second leg, at Arlington Stadium.

The Midlands club head south with a two-point advantage from the first leg but the Forman IT Eagles are confident of overturning the deficit and going through to the semi-final.

The Sussex outfit, who have won the cup for the last three years, will be without Charley Powell, who has been in rock solid form in the engine room of the team at No 4.

Powell was injured in his opening heat of last Friday’s National League match at Belle Vue, where the Eagles lost 46-44 to the Colts.

Collar bone

Powell suffered a broken collarbone but is hoping to have the injury plated.

Team manager Connor Dugard said: “Obviously, it is going to be harder for us without Charley. He has been in good form this season and we will miss him.

“However, I think our first leg performance still give us a great chance to go through.

“I expect we will make the semis but it will be harder without Charley and we cannot afford any slip-ups or further injuries during Saturday’s meeting.”

He added that Powell was targeting a return to the side in mid June.

Eastbourne: Georgie Wood, Jason Edwards, Mark Baseby, R/R. Charley Powell, Tom Brennan, Kelsey Dugard, Charlie Brooks.

Coventry: Connor Mountain, Luke Ruddick,  Danny Phillips, Luke Harris, Jon Armstrong, Jamie Bursill, Jamie Halder.

*Story further updated to reflect the that new averages apply on Saturday.