Cox delighted with Eastwood’s resolve

Matt Rhead and Adrian Hawes battle for the ball in the Gloucester area.
Matt Rhead and Adrian Hawes battle for the ball in the Gloucester area.

EASTWOOD Town boss Paul Cox was full of praise for his squad this week after two more impressive victories.

Saturday’s 3-1 success at Gloucester City was followed up with a 2-0 win at home to Harrogate Town on Tuesday night.

Those results have seen the Badgers push up the table to 13th spot and Cox was quick to express his delight.

“I was really pleased with the players after the game on Tuesday night and I told them that, as they were by no means six easy points to achieve,” he said.

“On Saturday we had a long trip to contend with but the lads showed no signs of fatigue and produced a very good performance against a side who have quite an impressive home record.

“I felt we were always in control against Harrogate as they didn’t really threaten us in terms of many shots on goal, although we did tire a bit towards the end.

“But that was inevitable given the long day we had on Saturday and then another match just three days later, both played on pitches that were quite boggy, so I was delighted with the lads’ resolve to battle through and do the job.

“Fatigue is bound to creep in given how many games we’ve got to come but we’re one of the fittest squads in this division so providing we stay injury-free I don’t envisage too many problems.”

Form

Eastwood have now only lost once in the last ten games and still have a large backlog of fixtures to clear, but Cox says the good mentality and momentum his squad is building up is pleasing.

He said: “It feels like I’m saying the same things each week but it’s not a bad thing because it’s all so positive, in that the players have come on in leaps and bounds and in every game they’re showing a great mindset and are being more and more ruthless.

“The players deserve a real pat on the back for maintaining that each week.”

Nuneaton Town come to Coronation Park this weekend before Eastwood go to Gedling Miners Welfare on Tuesday for the next stage of the Notts Senior Cup.

Saturday’s visitors currently top the table and although they fell 3-2 at home to Corby Town on Tuesday night, Cox is well aware of the threat.

He said: “They are a very young and dynamic side and although Alfreton still have lots of games in hand on them they’re at the top of the league and we take them on their merits.

“But we fear nobody at the moment such is the way we’re playing, though it will again be a good learning curve for us.

“I’m ready for any chinks in the armour that might appear in the sense that any players who aren’t on their game can easily be replaced by those who are not perhaps playing as often, so I expect the lads to maintain their quality.”

Re-arrangement

Meanwhile, the fixture with Hinckley United, originally scheduled for Monday, March 14, has been put back two days to be played on Wednesday, March 16.