Ramshaw keen to cut out mistakes after cup woe

John Ramshaw
John Ramshaw

Eastwood Town manager John Ramshaw says individual errors need to be eradicated if the Badgers are to continue making progress this season.

Four points from two games in the league were followed by cup exits in the last fortnight - to Histon in the FA Cup and Matlock Town last Saturday in the FA Trophy.

Those losses also denied the club valuable revenue in the form of prize money.

As Eastwood prepared to return to league action with the visit of Chorley to Coronation Park this weekend and a trip to local rivals Worksop Town next Wednesday, Ramshaw reflected on the misfortune which ended their FA Trophy campaign at the first hurdle.

He said: “Quite frankly it was daylight robbery as we battered them.

“We’ve hit the woodwork three times, missed a couple of sitters and had two efforts cleared off the line.

“But as with the Histon game, it was individual errors that resulted in Matlock’s goals and ended up putting us out.

“Generally, as a unit, we’re solid in defence at the moment but those errors have crept in and not only has it put us out of two competitions but it’s thrown away £7,000 worth of prize money too.

“So it’s something we really need to work on. Obviously with young players you have to expect it but you can only make a suit with the cloth you’ve got, so it’s about minimising the errors.

“At the same time we need to get more goals flowing through the rest of the team because we’ve been relying too heavily on the front two.”

Ramshaw says he also fears his playing budget may be affected once again given the revenue stream from any potential cup runs has ended, and with gates at Coronation Park remaining low he fears it could have a direct impact.

“It’s a phone call from the owner that I could well get,” he said.

“It may be inevitable that the wage bill will be cut but we’ll wait and see.

“We need to try and get more people through the gate but a big key to that will be continuing to play well.

“That’s what we’ve been doing and the last two league games have been encouraging, but the players need to realise it really is all about results and you can only praise their good but fruitless performances and rue their bad luck for so long.”

Saturday saw debuts for full-back Chris Shaw and midfielder Troy Pennycooke-Morgan after they signed for the Badgers last week.

Shaw is familiar to Coronation Park having had several spells at the club in the past, while Canadian Pennycooke-Morgan was recommended to Ramshaw by goalkeeper Sam Andrew.

He said: “Troy trained with us at the end of last season before heading out to Canada to play for Ottawa Fury.

“We asked him to let us know when he’d returned which he did, although we’ve had to wait four weeks for his international clearance.

“He’s looked sharp in training but it’s early days for him as he needs to get a feel for the level he’s at and what’s required from him.

“Everyone knows what Chris Shaw is about and he was happy to come back and help fill the void left by an injury to Paul Riley, who could be out for a while. It was a no brainer.”

It was also confirmed late on Wednesday night that striker Adam Somes has signed from Ilkeston FC having previously spent time at Mansfield Town.