Shaw aims to end torrid season on a high note

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Chris Shaw says he still wants to see his Eastwood Town side finish the season on a positive note as they head to Chorley this weekend.

The Badgers haven’t won a league game since November and were beaten 4-1 at home by Blyth Spartans last Saturday.

But player/manager Shaw says his players deserve one last hurrah before they drop down to Division One South, and that their hard work and dedication merits a win.

He said: “Even though we’ve been relegated for a while now the players continue to impress me and I’d love them to get a win under their belts before the end of the season.

“Chorley is obviously a tough trip to get it from but there’s nothing riding on the game so it could be quite a relaxed encounter and one we can get something out of.

“These last games have formed something of an extended pre-season for us given I’m looking at what we need for next year, and the players know they’re all playing for a place in the squad.

“So with many of them keen to stay, it’s in their best interests to keep fighting.”

Shaw also explained how he is looking forward to having current South Normanton Athletic manager Nick Hawkins alongside him as boss next season.

Hawkins has been helping Shaw with plans for the next campaign already, and the Badgers left-back believes he will be a big asset.

“I’ve known Nick a long time and we share the same ideas going forward,” he said.

“It will be a big help having him here because it takes the pressure off me a bit given how time consuming management at this level can be and the pressures involved.

“But from a practical perspective, and given I’m keen to continue playing next season, having Nick on the sidelines will help too because he has a different perspective on the game and is a focal point for the players at the side of the pitch.”

Shaw says a number of pre-season friendlies have already been arranged for the summer months, adding: “We’re giving the players a month off and will get them back early in order to have them as ready as possible for the new campaign which we’re already looking forward to.”