Ramshaw: I see light at the end of the tunnel

John Ramshaw
John Ramshaw

Eastwood Town manager John Ramshaw was keen to focus on the positives this week as the Badgers continued their frustrating start to the season.

Six straight defeats have left Eastwood joint bottom of the table with similarly poor starters Whitby Town.

Saturday’s 5-2 home defeat to Kendal Town was followed by a 2-0 loss at Hednesford on Tuesday night, but Ramshaw says he felt much more positive after the latter fixture.

“I walked away feeling 100 per cent happier on Tuesday than I did at the weekend, when everybody was very despondent after another home defeat,” he said.

“I changed the formation to one that better suited the personnel we had available and in the first-half I felt we did very well.

“If the goal we had disallowed early on stood then it would have been a different game, which Hednesford’s boss Rob Smith agreed with afterwards.

“He also reckoned we’re not a million miles away from what’s needed and I feel the same. The players are, very slowly, getting better and that’s been echoed by several fans I’ve spoken to.

“I can see light at the end of the tunnel .”

This weekend will see Eastwood in FA Cup action with the visit of East Midlands Counties League side Blaby & Whetstone Athletic in the first qualifying round. They play two levels below the Badgers in the pyramid.

Financially, things remain precarious at Coronation Park with attendances struggling and sponsorship also not forthcoming.

Only four subs were named at Hednesford purely for financial reasons and with £3,000 on offer for the winners of Saturday’s tie, extra spice is added to the occasion.

Ramshaw said: “From a club perspective a win will be important because that money will obviously come in very handy.

“From a coaching perspective it’s also vital because we quite simply need a win. It doesn’t matter if it’s not attractive or exciting, we just need to grind out a result.

“The players need to enjoy getting a win under their belts and take the boost in self esteem that comes with it, as football clubs are different places when you win a game.

“But Blaby & Whetstone are flying at the moment and all the ingredients are there for an upset.

“We have a big game at Stocksbridge next week so to get some good momentum for that will be crucial.”