Brough: We must all stick together

Jamie Brough
Jamie Brough

EASTWOOD Town manager Jamie Brough looked back on a turbulent week on and off the field at Coronation Park and says everyone at the club is determined to pull together.

Two defeats have been coupled with supporter unrest aimed at Brough in particular, with around 50 fans opting for a peaceful protest outside Coronation Park on Tuesday night rather than pay to watch the match.

And while a disconsolate Brough preferred not to go on record with his thoughts regarding fans boycotting the game with Bishop’s Stortford and their displeasure at the way they feel the club is currently being run, he did echo a statement on its official website that talks are currently taking place with regard to new owners/directors coming on board.

The statement read: “The club can confirm that preliminary talks have been held with two separate parties over the last ten days or so who have expressed an interest in coming on board with the running/ownership of the football club.

“Further announcements will be made when information is received.

“The club has approached the Supporters Association to ask for a meeting to discuss moving the club forward and to explore the options of the Supporter Association working with and owning part of the football club.

“At this moment in time the club is awaiting a response from the Supporters Association.”

Double loss

Brough did discuss the defeats at Nuneaton on Saturday and Bishop’s Stortford on Tuesday, and while he offered no excuses for a poor performance at the weekend, he felt there were great improvements three days later.

He said: “We’re very frustrated by the Bishop’s Stortford game and everyone hurts after conceding four at home.

“Our goalkeeper James Severn, who has been a great performer so far this season, had a bit of a nightmare first-half and that arguably cost us the match, as we played far better and scored three good goals.

“It was a big improvement on the performance at Nuneaton where we didn’t apply ourselves at all and never got going.”

This Saturday, Eastwood will host league leaders Hyde, who have enjoyed a perfect start to the season by winning all of their 10 games so far.

Brough hopes to have Nottingham Forest loanee Karlton Watson back in the defence and a deal to bring David Haggerty back to the club from Halifax is also being discussed, and the Badgers boss is hoping being underdogs could work in his side’s favour.

He said: “Nobody expects us to beat Hyde, but they’ll have to lose some time so why not on Saturday?

“We’re all a bit battered and bruised but I’m confident we can turn it around. There could well be positive news off the field soon that will help the club greatly, but in the meantime the players will continue working hard and fighting for the cause.”