Badgers prepared for FA Cup test

Eastwood's Jason Bradley (right) tussles with a Hyde player during the 2-2 against the league leaders last Saturday
Eastwood's Jason Bradley (right) tussles with a Hyde player during the 2-2 against the league leaders last Saturday

EASTWOOD Town boss Jamie Brough says the tables have been turned on his squad as they prepare for FA Cup action this weekend.

Having been underdogs for last weekend’s visit of Blue Square Bet North leaders Hyde, which saw Eastwood earn a 2-2 draw, this time they will host a side in Evesham United who sit in the bottom three of the Southern Premier League - one level below the Badgers.

And Brough is keen for his squad to adapt quickly to the expectation and maintain their form from the Hyde game.

He said: “The only way Evesham have an edge is that their budget is slightly bigger than ours, but other than that we’re favourites to go through given our relative position in the pyramid and our performance last week.

“The players know they’re expected to win, which is the opposite to last weekend when the pressure was off us given Hyde’s start to the season, and it’s all about how we deal with that pressure and how they use the morale-boost that Saturday’s game provided.”

Performance

The Badgers were seconds away from beating Hyde, who had a 100 per cent record going into Saturday’s game, before Danny Hall’s late equaliser denied them all three points.

But Brough was delighted with the performance.

He said: “We were excellent throughout and created a lot of chances, perhaps more of which we should have converted, but it showed how far we’d come in the space of a week since the poor display at Nuneaton and a better one against Bishop’s Stortford.

“If there’s one criticism it’s that we were a bit naive late on, in that we were firing shots in on goal from 25 yards rather than going into the corners and protecting our lead, so we need to learn to be a bit more ruthless in that sense but I don’t want to fault the players because they worked hard and it was a great result.

“Hyde’s manager said afterwards that he was surprised we’re where we are in the table so that was a great compliment.

“We showed great desire and determination which was very pleasing and if we can maybe show a little more bravery at times we’ll get even better results.”

Talks

Regarding matters off the field, Brough didn’t want to go into too much detail over potential deals being discussed to buy or invest in Eastwood Town FC, but he did confirm meetings had taken place, including with the Eastwood Town Supporters Association, and that more news will be revealed when the time is right.

He said: “We have met with a few interested parties and a couple are very serious about either investing in or taking ownership of the club.

“Talks will continue over the next few days and hopefully a quick but suitable resolution will be achieved.”