Squad takes shape with fortnight to go

RAMS PAST AND PRESENT: Derby striker Steve Davies (left) tussles for possession with former  Ram Lee Morris of Eastwood during the friendly on Saturday at Coronation Park
RAMS PAST AND PRESENT: Derby striker Steve Davies (left) tussles for possession with former Ram Lee Morris of Eastwood during the friendly on Saturday at Coronation Park

EASTWOOD Town’s squad continued to build this week as the new Blue Square Bet North season edges ever closer.

With just over a fortnight to go until the opening day clash with Droylsden, joint managers Jamie Brough and Craig Armstrong have been continuing to run the rule over several trialists aiming to earn a contract.

Striker Jervais Christie and defender Alex Troke were due to sign deals before last night’s (Thursday) game with Huddersfield Town, while Brough says other irons are still in the fire.

“We had a look at five or six trialists against Carlton on Tuesday night and although we’ve released one or two players the squad is still building quite well,” he said.

“We’re getting to the stage now where we’re going to start working on things like set-pieces and setting out the style of play we’re going to employ, all of which is hard to do when you have a lot of players who may not be in the team at the start of the season.

“But we’re getting there now and making good progress.”

Last Saturday saw a Derby County side including four first team regulars win 4-0 at Coronation Park, before a similar reverse occurred at Carlton Town in a game Brough described as featuring an ‘Eastwood XI’ with several trialists playing and a number of key squad members rested.

And both matches offered differing insights for the management team.

Brough said: “I felt we did quite well against Derby. The main disappointment was that three of the four goals came from corners which is obviously something we’re yet to work on in great detail.

“The Carlton match was largely experimental but we still weren’t too happy with the way those that played applied themselves and we made our feelings clear about that after the game.”

Fun day

Following last night’s game with Huddersfield, who were expected to bring a strong line-up to Coronation Park, the next action will be a home match with Arnold Town on Sunday.

The game will form part of a family fun day at the club which will begin at 11am, and will see two junior matches take place before the first team game starts at 3pm.

Admission is free to all and there will be several children’s activities taking place.

A planned friendly at Leicestershire side Quorn next Tuesday night has been cancelled, with the management keen to instead have two intensive training sessions ahead of the final pre-season friendly at Whitby Town on August 6.

l The Badgers are running junior soccer schools every Saturday and Sunday at Coronation Park from 10am for children aged 3-8 years-old.

The sessions are taken by qualified coaches and cost £2.50 per child.

Contact the club for more details or simply turn up on the day. Refreshments will be available.