Points vital as Badgers face tough festive programme

Chris Shaw put points at the top of his Christmas wish list this week as Eastwood Town prepare for a tough series of festive fixtures.

The Badgers player/manager says he has set his squad a target of six points from the matches against Ilkeston FC, North Ferriby United and Grantham Town as they try to lift themselves from the bottom of the table.

And while on paper that’s a tough ask given Eastwood’s league position, Shaw feels confident a first win under his guidance is just around the corner.

He said: “We’re doing everything right going forward and are coping well defensively too, it’s just silly mistakes and a lack of concentration that are costing us at the moment.

“We’re getting to be like the old Eastwood again in that we’re battling hard and giving teams a good game, and I feel we’re really making great strides.

“It’s obviously a tough set of games over Christmas but we’re working on things in training and six points is the target.”

Following a blank Saturday this weekend, local rivals Ilkeston come to Coronation Park on Boxing Day on a good run of form, but Shaw says his side will hold no fear of Kevin Wilson’s men.

“Every run comes to an end at some point and a good result against our arch rivals could kick-start the season,” he said.

“Teams have been coming here recently thinking they can walk all over us but we’ve then taken the lead and they know they’re in a game.

“We always said things wouldn’t click overnight but the positives are certainly there, and with a few players back from suspension for Boxing Day we’ll have a good squad to choose from.”

On-loan striker Ewan Clarke could be missing for two to three months after dislocating his ankle and damaging ligaments in the defeat to Marine last Saturday, a match Shaw felt could well have gone Eastwood’s way.

He said: “We got off to a great start and given the chances we missed it should have been game over by half-time.

“Silly mistakes then cost us for the second game running, which is obviously frustrating but shows we need a bit more experience through the team that when you’ve got the lead going into the last ten minutes, can help us hold on a bit better.

“So there may be additions to the squad in the next few days that can aid that situation.”