Ramshaw: We have to believe we can stay up

John Ramshaw.
John Ramshaw.

EASTWOOD Town manager John Ramshaw says he and his squad of players have to believe an escape from relegation is achievable despite their perilous league position.

The Badgers are 12 points from safety in the Blue Square Bet North with 15 games remaining, and haven’t won a match since the success over Vauxhall Motors on October 29.

But with some positive performances behind them and fixtures against many of the teams immediately above them upcoming, Ramshaw feels there is still scope for staying up.

He said: “Obviously we’re in a difficult position but if either I or the players felt there was no hope of staying up we might as well fold the club now and forget about it.

“I’ve said for a while that some of the performances have merited wins and on occasions we’ve come very close to getting them against very good sides.

“We hammered Colwyn Bay with ten men only to lose to a late penalty, and they’ve since won about five games in a row.

“So I think if we can get a win or two under our belts, especially if it’s against sides who are battling down there with us, then the morale and belief could be lifted sufficiently to push on further.”

Circumstances

Ramshaw says he even feels his skills as a manager have been honed as a result of the Badgers’ current predicament.

With the lowest budget in the division and a very youthful squad, Ramshaw has had to call on his many years of managerial experience to try and help the situation.

He said: “When we had the money under Rob Yong, it was almost an embarrassment of riches because you could more or less just go out and get whatever player you wanted and money wasn’t necessarily an issue.

“Now, we have not only the lowest budget in the division but one which is less than half of what some of the mid-table sides are faced with. We also went to Gloucester with a squad where the average age was about 20-years-old.

“So I’ve had to go back to watching a lot of games at lower levels and trying to spot potential talents who I think can step up.

“It’s an interesting challenge and it can be very hard for us all getting up on a Saturday knowing that you’re going into a very hard battle given the circumstances, but we have to get on with it and results will come.”

Workington

Should the weather improve by the weekend, Eastwood face a long trip to the Lake District to take on Workington.

The Cumbrians won 3-0 at Coronation Park in December and have put together a good run of form since then, and the Badgers’ task has been made even harder by being largely unable to train this week.

Ramshaw said: “We’ve literally had nowhere to get everyone together and train, as even the local 3G facilities have been covered in snow and too dangerous to do anything on.

“So we told the players to go their local gyms and do as much work as they could. We’re hoping to be able to get a session done on Thursday night which will help.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed the game goes ahead as if we have to re-arrange it then it could mean a very awkward midweek trip that many of the squad may not even be able to make.”