Skipper hails Eastwood’s team spirit as ‘best ever’

Gavin Hurren gets a shot in against Rainworth on Monday. neaa 26-08-13 be 22
Gavin Hurren gets a shot in against Rainworth on Monday. neaa 26-08-13 be 22

Skipper Gavin Hurren has paid tribute to the outstanding team spirit at Eastwood Town this week as the Badgers’ encouraging start to the season continued.

Hurren has played a pivotal role in the campaign so far from the centre of midfield having been brought to the club by long-time friend and joint Badgers boss Nick Hawkins.

And despite having played professionally with the likes of Mansfield, Kidderminster and Crawley Town among others, Hurren has described his experience at Coronation Park so far as being his most exciting challenge.

He said: “I had offers on the table from higher level clubs in the summer but I’ve known Nicky since we were at Forest together ten years ago and I was thoroughly impressed by his plans at Eastwood.

“The team spirit here is probably the best I’ve ever experienced because nobody is here for the money, just to play for the team and enjoy their football.

“There’s a great set-up here with young and enthusiastic coaches, a nutritionist, a great physio and so on, and that helps create a positive environment.

“And coupled with the quality of players Nick and Shawy have managed to bring in despite having the lowest playing budget in the league, I really think we can challenge for promotion.”

The Badgers lie sixth after four games following a 3-1 win at Bedworth on Saturday and then a 1-1 draw with Rainworth on Bank Holiday Monday.

This weekend sees the FA Cup take centre stage with a preliminary round visit to Division One South rivals Loughborough Dynamo.

And Hurren, who was an FA Trophy finalist and two-time FA Cup third round competitor with Kidderminster Harriers, says on the evidence so far a cup run could be on the cards.

“We’ve set a really high standard early on, so much so that we were all gutted not to have won on Monday against Rainworth even though on paper a draw wasn’t a bad result,” he added.

“Even the one defeat we’ve had was really close and a game we deserved more from, so there has been plenty of cause for optimism.

“A cup run is great for the fans and players and also important financially so we really want to get a result at Loughborough.”

Should a replay be required it will take place at Coronation Park next Tuesday night.