Ramshaw disappointed by manner of FA Cup exit

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John Ramshaw has lamented the crazy spell that saw his Eastwood Town side dumped out of the FA Cup at home to Histon last weekend.

The Badgers largely controlled Saturday’s encounter and could well have gone on to win the game but for the concession of three sloppy goals in the space of four minutes midway through the second-half.

That ultimately proved costly as Histon went on to win 5-3, but although Ramshaw was extremely disappointed in the final result he remains enthused by the progress his young side is making.

He said: “We totally controlled the first-half and I don’t think anybody could have complained had we gone in 3-0 up, given we’ve missed at least two great opportunities.

“After Histon missed their penalty we then saw Mitch Hanson force their keeper into a great save and seconds later he had another chance cleared off the line - with a few fans even saying it was over.

“But it was from the resulting corner where everything went wrong. They broke, our keeper cleared it straight onto their centre-half’s head and he’s nodded it back into the danger area where the lad Otobo has then scored.

“We didn’t learn, as within three minutes we’d conceded two more almost identical goals where poor decisions and clearances resulted in them again heading the ball forward and scoring.

“We have to remember though that this team is very young and mistakes will happen. It’s all about working with them on the training ground and helping them learn.”

Ramshaw continues to have to operate with a relatively small squad, with only four substitutes being named out of the seven allowed against Histon and budgetary restrictions still hampering him.

But despite his squad’s paucity the Badgers boss still feels progress is slowly being made.

He added: “Our recent form shows we’re improving and I honestly feel that by Christmas this squad as a whole will be good enough, but until then we’re just having to pick up as many points as we can.

“We’re immature in a football sense and because of that we lose games, sometimes due to individual errors that cloud an otherwise excellent performance.

“But things are getting better week by week despite having such a thin squad.

“I’ve had to concentrate on spending the lion’s share of the budget on the spine of the squad as I think that’s the most important starting point. That means we may have lacked in other areas but I’m working extremely hard trying to find better players where necessary.”

With that in mind, full-back Chris Shaw has returned to Coronation Park and Ramshaw has also signed Canadian midfielder Troy Pennycooke-Morgan, who started his career at Sheffield United and more recently turned out for Swedish side Ostersunds and Ottawa Fury in his homeland.

Those signings, however, could be balanced by player departures with interest in other squad members having been registered.

This Saturday sees Matlock Town come to Coronation Park in the FA Trophy first qualifying round.

Ramshaw added: “It’s a winnable game for us but Matlock will feel the same. It’s also another potential revenue stream with £2,500 up for grabs.

“Matlock are a conundrum as their form hasn’t reflected the very talented squad they have, but this will be a tough encounter.”