Boss Brough satisfied with display in opening friendly

Jamie Brough
Jamie Brough

EASTWOOD Town got their pre-season campaign underway on Tuesday night with joint boss Jamie Brough largely happy with what he saw.

The 3-3 draw with Buxton saw 19 players used in total, with a mix of new signings and trialists making appearances.

And Brough was encouraged by the display despite losing a 3-1 lead.

He said: “Obviously it’s not about results at this stage but the players were actually quite disappointed we didn’t win, which in some ways bodes well for the future in terms of desire and competitiveness.

“There were times we were really good and times we were distinctly average, but for the first run-out we were pleased with how things went and are looking forward to the next matches.”

Those games will be at Grantham on Saturday and a home clash with Wrexham next Wednesday, the Welsh side believed to be bringing a full first team to Coronation Park.

Brough expects a similar Badgers squad to be available to that of the Buxton game, including ex-Tamworth striker Jervais Christie who scored twice at Silverlands on Tuesday, the other goal coming from new signing Michael Bradley.

“We’re having a good look at players like, among others, Jervais and Kevin Sandwith, who was at Mansfield last season, but I don’t expect many more trialists even though we’re receiving phone calls every day,” added Brough.

Meanwhile, a club statement issued this week outlined the structure of Eastwood Town’s new board.

Chief executive Neil Vanderwalt has a wealth of senior management in the sports sector, while Clare Hanson comes in as commercial and facility director having spent the last 14 years working for companies such as Sports Leisure Management and David Lloyd.

Joint managers Brough and Craig Armstrong will also take on roles as football directors, while Stephen Thornton becomes youth development director and stadium manager.

All appointments, including those of Brough and Armstrong, are on a voluntary basis.

Brough said: “Craig picks up a wage only as a player but other than that we’re all currently working for free in an attempt get things going and we all need to work together to achieve that.

“We’re also aware of plans for a supporters trust and are very keen for that to happen, as we want to work closely with the fans and get people involved, which we feel hasn’t happened too much over the last few years.

“We also want to elect a member of the trust onto the board as a direct link between the fans and the club.”

l Eastwood Town are to run a soccer school for children aged between four and nine-years-old at Coronation Park.

Sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24 from 10am, and refreshments will be available.

Anyone interested in taking part can contact the club or simply go along to the sessions on the day.