Eastwood boss plots happy new year for club

Paul MacFarland has revealed Jordan Leeming (right) has departed for America.
Paul MacFarland has revealed Jordan Leeming (right) has departed for America.

Eastwood CFC chief Paul MacFarland is predicting a successful 2015 for his side after their upturn in form in recent weeks.

The club recently chalked up their first points of the season and MacFarland believes the feelgood factor around the club bodes well heading into the next 12 months.

“I think we’re slowly turning a corner,” MacFarland said.

“We’ve gone from being trounced regularly to now getting results.

“There’s now belief in the dressing room and the players are putting in 100% effort.

“We’ve got some good players and I think there’s a good future for the club.

“It all bodes well for the new year.”

MacFarland admits he was frustrated at the postponement of last Saturday’s game against Holbrook St Michaels, due to a frozen pitch.

“It was disappointing,” added MacFarland.

“We’d got a bit of form going but I suppose at this time of year you’re always going to get postponements.

“On the plus side, a couple of lads played for the reserves and as a result they won their first game at the weekend.”

Saturday sees Eastwood host Swanwick Pentrich Road and the manager belives that his side have a realistic chance of earning a maiden three points in the league.

However, he believes the Coronation Park pitch could suffer eventually due to the amount of matches taking place on the surface.

“It would be good to beat Swanwick on Saturday,” MacFarland added.

“But the pitch is used so much that I think it’s feeling the pressure.

“We train on the pitch, there are reserve matches, women’s matches and community sessions all taking place on it - so it is feeling the strain.

“If we continue using the pitch to the extent we are, then I think it’s inevitable that games will get called off.”

MacFarland admits he is struggling for numbers for Saturday, with Lewis Bentley suspended and Adam Jackson and Jordan Leeming (pictured, above) both having departed to the United States.

Lee Bull is likely to come in for his debut, although the striker could be deployed in a defensive role such is the dearth of numbers at MacFarland’s disposal.