John Ramshaw says Eastwood Town’s young players deserve huge credit after a patched together side produced a surprise win on Wednesday night.
It had been announced in the run-up to the game that several Eastwood players were refusing to play in the match due to a wage dispute, meaning manager Ramshaw had to pick a very young and inexperienced team to face Worksop.
But those that played came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and Ramshaw was full of praise for them after the game.
He said: “I told the lads that as they were the ones who wanted to be here, to go out and play like they wanted to be here.
“People have voted with their feet and I don’t blame them or hold it against them. But the lads who stayed tonight want to be at the club and that showed in their passion and commitment.
“Young players came in and were outstanding and even made me question whether I should have played them more earlier in the season. They proved their point which is fantastic.
“Two or three struggled which in a sense made the win even better in that you could say we beat them with eight or nine men.
“We rode our luck a bit but Worksop have a really good squad and they’ll be hurting because they know they should have beaten us.”
The wage dispute centres around a change in the way some squad players are being paid at present, with club owner Steve Lynch, in an interview which will be published on the Advertiser website next week, saying for the time being the higher-paid members will have money paid in stages rather than one block each month.
That led to Deon Meikle, Anthony Griffith Jnr, Jermaine Hollis and Markel Bailey opting not to play on Wednesday, and with Ramshaw’s playing budget having now been cut by a third due to poor crowds and cup exits hitting the club financially, he is now aware they are down to the bare bones.
He added: “What this now means is that we’ve got no leeway. If goalkeeper Sam Andrew gets injured then the reserve team keeper will replace him, and the same goes throughout the team.
“The budget cut is clearly necessary and makes things very difficult but if we can get the same kind of spirit as tonight from those we do have then who knows, we may be able to stay up.
“But it’s frustrating because we’re three unbeaten in the league and should have won both cup ties which shows we’re making real progress, but that may now be compromised.”