Boss Hayward pleased with display as first point secured

Eastwood striker Andy Hutchinson takes control during the 1-1 draw with Goole on Saturday. Photo by James Williamson.
Eastwood striker Andy Hutchinson takes control during the 1-1 draw with Goole on Saturday. Photo by James Williamson.

A first point on the board under Gary Hayward’s tutelage provided much-needed relief to Coronation Park this week.

Eastwood Town’s 1-1 draw with Goole AFC on Saturday was earned by Kieran Wells’ late equaliser - although several missed opportunities, including one from the penalty spot, meant it could so easily have been a victory.

But Hayward was pleased to get the ball rolling after a tricky first few weeks in charge.

He said: “We pretty much hammered them throughout and had we taken some of the clear cut chances we created we’d have scored five or six.

“The goal we conceded was a world class strike that even three goalkeepers wouldn’t have stopped, but we responded well.

“It was my decision to get Andy Hutchinson to take the penalty as I felt it would be important if he could get off the mark as he’s a very good striker, but in the end we’re happy with a point.

“Goole came here with a new owner and manager and also a few new players but we fear nobody at the moment and that was evident in our play.”

Eastwood were denied the chance to build on that point when their home game with Mickleover Sports on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

That means they will next be in action this weekend when they visit Sheffield FC.

Hayward added: “It was a real shame we didn’t play on Tuesday and the lads were buzzing and ready to carry on where they left off.

“We couldn’t call the game off any earlier as we had no contact numbers for local referees, but once the match official turned up he made the final decision.

“Providing the weather behaves we’ll still go to Sheffield in good shape and maybe with a couple more new faces too.

“I still want a more experienced player to come in at the back and perhaps a midfielder too, as our bench is quite weak at the moment and a bit more depth is needed.”

Hayward says one of the new signings will be Stuart King from Boston United, who can play at left-back or in central midfield, while the Badgers are expected to take a look at some trialists next week in a specially-arranged training match, including some players who have been plying their trade in Sweden.