Skipper takes over for three matches

Eastwood's captain Steve Istead will take control for the next three games.
Eastwood's captain Steve Istead will take control for the next three games.

CLUB captain Steve Istead looked ahead to three games in charge of Eastwood Town this week and declared his confidence that the Badgers can start picking up points.

The 25-year-old midfielder has been given the job of seeing Eastwood through until a new permanent manager is appointed, with a number of applicants currently being considered.

And while Istead may not have a great deal of coaching experience, he believes he can help the team get their first win since August 27.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of contacts around here from my time in the game and have been discussing a few loan deals to try and boost the squad on a short-term basis.

“Mitch Hanson has returned from Derby and is now match fit, and there are one or two other possibilities lined up from professional clubs where I know some of the coaches.

“Obviously the situation isn’t ideal but we all need to be pulling in the same direction and I’ve seen a great standard from the lads in training as well as a more jovial atmosphere.

“So while it will take time to get back on track given the slightly unstable environment, I’m hopeful we can pick up some much-needed points.”

Istead is suspended for Saturday’s visit of Histon so will be able to delegate matters from the bench, though as yet he is unsure if he will pick himself for the home game with Gainsborough on Tuesday and the trip to Vauxhall on Saturday.

But he is well aware of the need for points and better performances with the Badgers languishing in the lower reaches of the table.

Ideas

“I’ve been bouncing a few ideas off some of the more experienced lads like Gavin Caines and Jake Sheridan which has helped, and have a good idea of how I want us to play and organise ourselves,” he said.

“I think it’s important to have some leadership from the side of the pitch and obviously if I’m playing we’ll be lacking that because there aren’t any other coaches here at the moment, so I’ll have to make a decision as to whether I’ll take part against Gainsborough and Vauxhall.

“We need to give a lot more in games and I know we have the quality, but morale has been low recently and that needs to change.

“I’m far from being a veteran but I feel I have the leadership qualities to bring back the confidence and motivation and help us through.

“With regard to the future. I’ve been honest with all of the players in saying that as things stand we’re not sure who is coming in, when that will happen and what that will mean for them, as I think that’s the best policy rather than making promises we can’t deliver, but they’ve all responded really well.”

For an interview with new Eastwood Town owner Steve Lynch, turn to page 27.