Shaw praises Badgers after mixed Easter fortunes

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Player/manager Chris Shaw has praised his Eastwood Town squad for responding positively following an Easter Saturday battering to earn a point at home to Grantham.

The Badgers lost 6-1 to league leaders North Ferriby United, the third time this season that the Villagers have won emphatically against Shaw’s men.

But Eastwood were then just five minutes away from victory at home to Grantham on Bank Holiday Monday before a late Nathan Watson goal secured a 2-2 draw.

Shaw said: “We just didn’t turn up on Saturday and before we knew it the game was completely over at half-time.

“We managed to keep things more at bay in the second-half which was better but the damage had been done.

“The onus was on preparing better for Grantham which is what the players did.

“We knew they were going to give us a hard time physically and that they would try and upset us all over the pitch, something I felt we dealt well with.

“We conceded two lucky goals in my opinion and it was a shame we couldn’t keep things tight for the latter stages, something which has cost us before.

“But overall I was pleased with the response and Monday’s game showed how far we’ve come in the last couple of months and that next season will be a lot more promising.”

Shaw has added further players to his squad including wide player Dominic Allen and goalkeeper Alex Malong, who is a former Cameroon under-21 international.

And the Badgers boss says the remainder of the season continues to be an extended trial period as he prepares for the next campaign, which looks increasingly likely to be spent in Evo-Stik Division One South.

He said: “I’ve told the players that nobody is being dropped as such, more that I’m assessing different options with a view of deciding who and who not to keep.

“Alex Malong has good experience and has fitted in well, and that’s important as I’m looking for us to bond as a team and not have any individuals next year.

“We’ve still got games to go in this campaign which we’ll obviously keep trying to take points from, but I already can’t wait to get everyone in for an early pre-season and to see how we fare come August.”