EASTWOOD Town boss John Ramshaw says there was a feeling of ‘one step forward, two steps back’ after his side’s defeat at Hinckley United on Saturday.
The 4-0 loss came on the back of two encouraging performances against Boston United over the festive period, making the manner of defeat more frustrating for the Badgers staff.
And with two consecutive home games upcoming, Ramshaw is keen to put the latest defeat to one side and continue from where they left off in the 2-2 draw with the Pilgrims at Coronation Park on New Year’s Day.
He said: “Overall, I felt the scoreline on Saturday didn’t entirely reflect the pattern of the match.
“We had a good spell in the second-half and had Ross Gardner taken a touch before instead volleying over the top at 1-0, I think the outcome of the game could have been very different. Even Hinckley’s manager said that had we scored we were in the ascendency to the point that we could well have won it.
“But we conceded a controversial second goal, where it seemed to me the lad who scored was offside when the original shot came in that Ian Deakin parried away, and then two wind-assisted goals late on made the scoreline that bit worse.
“It was an off day and the players were hurt because to their credit they’ve been working very hard and the results of that were starting to show in the previous games.
“But their heads dropped once the second goal went in. I said to Richard Cooper (assistant manager) then that the body language of the players suggested more goals could follow and that’s what happened.”
Ramshaw has subsequently had his players in for extra training this week ahead of Saturday’s visit of Colwyn Bay, with Eastwood now facing an 11-point gap between themselves and safety.
Wins on Saturday and on January 21 against Solihull Moors could provide a valuable lift, and the Badgers boss was pleased to see the effort being put in to try and aid his side’s cause.
He said: “We’ll have three training sessions this week, and it’s of great credit to my coaching staff that they’re willing to give up their own personal time to come in and try and rectify our current situation.
“We’ve had to up the ante a bit but that can work one of two ways. Either the players will be disgruntled about having more work to do and that’ll reflect in their performances, or they’ll respond positively and be able to give themselves a chance.”
Ramshaw also emphasised how important the support of the fans will be at this stage of the season, despite the club’s lowly position in the league.
Attendances have dwindled in recent months and with the club’s financial position continuing to be a concern, public backing could be crucial with regard to its future.
“I’ve had very positive reactions from some of our hard core fans who appreciate what we’re doing and back us fully,” said Ramshaw.
“Lots of people are trying to help, with club stalwarts like Pat and Paddy Farrell working for nothing and the supporters association also a huge help when it comes to chipping in for costs such as coach travel and training kit.
“There are some great people helping us out and I hope the Eastwood public will rally round to do their bit.”
With regard to Saturday’s visitors Colwyn Bay, Ramshaw is expecting a physical encounter with a side who won 4-3 at Altrincham last weekend.
He said: “I’ve had reports back on them and we know they’re a big, strong side, particularly down the spine of the team.
“But as with any game, I fully believe if we’re up for it we’ve got a great chance of winning the match, and that’s all that matters to me.”