Eastwood Town player/manager Chris Shaw says he has been impressed by the effort and workrate of his squad despite the club’s lowly league position.
The Badgers are four points adrift at the bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier Division after a depleted side lost 3-0 at Witton Albion last weekend.
But as Shaw prepares to welcome back some of those missing last weekend - including himself - into the squad, he says he is happy with the way things are going.
“There’s always pressure in any job and it’s a new role for me too, but in the three games I’ve been in charge there have been big changes and the players have responded well,” he said.
“It’s important I’m given time to implement things properly but the lads have been working hard and training hard and I don’t think we’re too far away from being competitive enough to get more points on the board.
“Obviously it’s hard as we don’t have a lot to work with financially, but there are some lads who want to come and help out for next to nothing which will be a huge bonus and should give us more options.”
Striker Lavell White has agreed to sign for the Badgers and could well feature against Stafford Rangers at Coronation Park on Saturday, while Gary Breach and Ewan Clarke could also join Shaw in returning to the starting line-up.
Regarding last weekend’s defeat to Witton, Shaw felt the lack of depth to his squad didn’t help but that there were positives to take.
He said: “We had six out due to suspension, injury or illness but that created a chance for some younger players to step in and try and stake a claim for a regular place.
“Individual errors cost us again with the first two goals but we battled really well in the second-half.
“I feel the lads are starting to enjoy their football again even if the results aren’t coming.
“The bottom four or five teams are in a bit of a mini-league at the moment and it’s my aim to get us to the top of that.
“We’ve got games coming up against sides around us which will be crucial, but if our mindset is right then we have every chance of getting victories.”