Eastwood boss feels corner is being turned

Eastwood's Francis Green (left) challenges in the air during the 2-2 draw with Boston United on New Year's Day.
Eastwood's Francis Green (left) challenges in the air during the 2-2 draw with Boston United on New Year's Day.

JOHN RAMSHAW feels his Eastwood Town side will carry good momentum into this weekend’s game at Hinckley United following a positive start to 2012.

The 2-2 draw at home to Boston on New Year’s Day was the first time Eastwood had avoided defeat since November 12.

And having also impressed in the previous encounter with the Pilgrims on Boxing Day, Ramshaw is confident the Badgers are continuing to turn the corner after a tough few months.

He said: “I think the stats showed we had something like 24 shots on target against Boston which shows we’re creating so much more than we had been in previous weeks.

“We had more of a cutting edge about us and played very well. We just fell asleep for a second at a set-piece to allow their equaliser and ultimately it cost us two points.

“But both the result and performance give us some momentum going into a very tough game on Saturday and I really do feel we’re starting to turn the corner more and more.

“There’s an air of positivity around the club that I haven’t seen for a while and there was a spring in the step amongst the squad after Sunday’s game because they knew they’d performed well and probably deserved to win.”

Tough test

This weekend sees Eastwood visit Hinckley United, who are third from bottom in the league and eight points ahead of the Badgers.

They recorded a shock 5-2 win away at high-flying Nuneaton Town on Sunday and Ramshaw feels United will be a tougher test than their league position suggests.

“It’s a similar situation to Workington really in that Hinckley have a very good squad and their league position is a little bit false - as was emphasised by their result at Nuneaton,” he said.

“It’s a difficult place to go because it’s a nice ground but one that is often a bit open, windy and relatively sparsely populated, so not the easiest to play in.

“But both sides need the points for survival so it should make for a lively encounter.”

Squad

Sunday’s game with Boston saw Ramshaw able to pick a squad largely consisting of players he has signed or is keen to keep hold of, one of the first occasions he has been able to do so since his arrival.

He is still hoping to offload some of the club’s big earners in an attempt to lower the wage bill, but as things stand he has been unable to seal any deals.

He said: “I’m starting to get ‘my team’ on the pitch, as up to now I’ve been a bit restricted by finances and so on.

“But we’re getting there and the performances are reflecting that.”

Ramshaw added he expects striker Peter Knox to return to the frame at Hinckley with the player having spent the festive period in Devon with his family.

And the Badgers boss also clarified the situation regarding goalkeeper Kyle Clancy, who signed on a temporary basis just before Christmas.

He said: “Kyle did us a favour by agreeing to be available in case we were left high and dry on New Year’s Day when trying to bring in Ian Deakin.

“It was a lovely gesture and we’re grateful for his help. He was well aware of the situation and is now a free agent again with Deaks having signed and Jake Want also showing good potential.”