Shaw thrilled with cup win ahead of key ‘six pointer’

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw has urged his Eastwood Town side to bring back what would be his first three-point haul as Badgers boss from this weekend’s trip to second-from-bottom Kendal Town.

The clash in the Lake District is important to both sides as they aim to hunt down Stocksbridge Park Steels and climb out of the relegation zone.

And having overseen a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare in the Doodson Sport Cup on Tuesday, player/manager Shaw is keen to see the momentum carry into weekend.

He said: “It’s a real six-pointer on Saturday, there’s no doubt about it, and we’re going there with a win behind us which will generate some real positivity.

“We have to start picking up points, especially against those around us in the table, and Saturday would be the perfect time to do that.”

Tuesday’s win put Eastwood into the quarter-finals of the League Cup and Shaw was delighted to have overcome their county rivals, especially having not played a game in over a fortnight.

“It was good to get playing again after the enforced break and the fact we worked so hard and performed so well shows how much effort we’ve put in since Christmas,” he said.

“It was a good time to play given the league game this weekend, as we need to get back into the speed of the game and the match fitness is crucial.

“We had a new boy at the back, Danny Roberts (signed from Borrowash Victoria) who did really well, and I felt we gave it 100 per cent and outmuscled them throughout, which is what Eastwood Town are all about.

“The league is obviously the priority but these cup games are giving us morale-boosting wins which is really important.”

New boy Roberts is expected to be joined on his league debut at Kendal by fellow signings Greg Smith up front and Adam Campbell in midfield.

Shaw added: “We’ve got good competition for places now and all the new players have strengthened the team a great deal.

“We’re also free of injuries and suspension too which is an added bonus.”