Ramshaw delighted with form ahead of cup test

Eastwood Town midfielder Mitch Hanson gets airborne during the win over Rushall Olympic on Tuesday night.
Eastwood Town midfielder Mitch Hanson gets airborne during the win over Rushall Olympic on Tuesday night.

John Ramshaw says self-belief is finally evident in his Eastwood Town squad after the Badgers secured their first league win of the season.

Tuesday’s win over Rushall Olympic, who topped the division beforehand, made it four games unbeaten in league and cup follwing a 1-1 draw at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.

And despite still having to work with limited funds and a thin squad, manager Ramshaw says picking up points has been a perfect tonic.

He said: “The dressing room was suddenly a different place after winning at Blaby in the FA Cup and that was emphasised by the displays in the subsequent league games.

“Everyone’s buzzing at the moment. We hit rock bottom in the first cup tie with Blaby but tweaked a few things and it’s paid off.

“We’re not counting our chickens yet of course but hopefully it’s the start of a decent run of form.”

Saturday saw Eastwood play virtually the entire game with ten men following Jermaine Hollis’s early red card, but Ramshaw says the team ended up disappointed not to win.

“We were angry at letting the lead slip having played well a man short and got ourselves in front,” he said.

“I felt the red card was harsh as Jermaine accidentally brought the lad down as he stumbled, but Stocksbridge rarely looked like penetrating us so it was disappointing to concede so late.”

Tuesday’s success was the first at home for over a year and provides a perfect tonic ahead of the visit of Blue Square Bet North side Histon this weekend in the FA Cup second qualifying round.

Ramshaw added: “We were excellent on Tuesday. The first goal gave everyone a lift and we looked a different team.

“The work rate was superb and there was a real sense of positivity and everyone fighting for each other.

“It means we go into the Histon game full of belief that we can progress.

“It will be a good test and a measure of how far we’ve come given they beat us comfortably at the end of last season.

“The squad is still a bit thin but I’ve put seven days’ notice in for a couple of players and Travis Munn has joined on loan from Boston. I’m not wanting to sign anyone for the sake of it, but am just after a bit of quality to complement what we already have.”