EASTWOOD Town manager John Ramshaw was left feeling a combination of satisfied and frustrated after seeing his side come so close to winning their first match under his leadership last weekend.
The 2-2 draw with high-flying Guiseley on Saturday secured a valuable point for the Badgers but saw them up against ten men for over an hour of the match.
And after witnessing his side concede an equaliser with just eight minutes left, Ramshaw was left wondering what might have been.
He said: “On the face of it, a point against a quality side like Guiseley is a good result and one we probably would have taken if offered to us before the game.
“We played very well, were good in possession and improved our support play in the final third, but with the squad’s levels of fitness still being built up there was always a danger we’d tire late on.
“Perhaps a fitter side would have taken the game by the scruff of the neck and killed the opposition off, but to be fair Guiseley played very well and proved that it’s not always easy when up against ten men.”
Ramshaw was pleased with the debuts of defender David Haggerty and striker Luke Edwards, the latter scoring a stunning goal on the stroke of half-time.
He added: “Both performed very well and Luke couldn’t have introduced himself to the fans any better considering the goal he scored. Neither had played too much football recently so fatigue played a part eventually, but I was pleased with their contributions.”
Meanwhile, Ramshaw expects midfielder Jake Sheridan to complete a move to Lincoln City by the weekend.
It would signal a return to full-time football for the former Notts County and Mansfield man, something the Badgers boss found it hard to deny him.
“Jake has been very honest with me and said that he’s enjoying things here at the moment and that he’d find it hard to leave,” said Ramshaw.
“But it’s an opportunity for a young man to go full-time and enhance his chances of a good career in the game and I don’t want to deny him that.
“I’ve told him the door is always open to return and should the move go through we all wish him well.”
Ramshaw said there will be no initial fee involved but that a sell-on clause has been agreed and David Holdsworth’s men will also visit Coronation Park for a pre-season friendly next summer.
l The Badgers hosted Mansfield Town in a friendly match on Monday night, the Stags running out 2-1 winners.
Former Eastwood favourite Lee Stevenson scored the winner for Paul Cox’s men, but Ramshaw was delighted with the opportunity to give run-outs to fringe members of his squad.
He said: “It was a sensibly competitive game which we played to win and both Paul and I benefited greatly. It was pleasing to see a good turnout of supporters too.”
Eastwood are away to Harrogate Town this weekend, kick-off 3pm.