Key staff to aid Eastwood CFC’s cause

Eastwood striker Otis Wilson is pictured in a recent game. The building blocks are continuing to be put in place at Coronation Park following the formation of the club in the summer.
Eastwood striker Otis Wilson is pictured in a recent game. The building blocks are continuing to be put in place at Coronation Park following the formation of the club in the summer.

Eastwood CFC boss Paul MacFarland believes positive results will come on the pitch before too long at Coronation Park - despite the new club’s heaviest defeat so far last weekend.

The 10-0 loss to Clifton All Whites on Saturday saw Eastwood hindered by injuries before and during the game, resulting in a heavy loss to their high-flying hosts.

But MacFarland has this week brought in two key members of staff which in turn will generate additions to the playing squad, and the Eastwood boss believes things will continue to come together in a positive fashion.

He said: “I’ve brought in Darren Price as assistant manager. He has managed at a higher level and also worked with me at Blackwell, and already three or four players are keen to come and join up with him again.

“We’ve also recruited goalkeeping coach Graham Harrison, who has lived in the USA for the last ten years and was a coach with the US Olympic squad. He was at training on Wednesday night and three new keepers came along to work with him.

“We needed more bodies in and these guys will help no end, whilst John Adams is still first team coach and will continue to take training.”

MacFarland believes Saturday’s loss at Clifton will be an isolated result that came about due to an accumulation of injuries to his squad.

He said: “There was a concern something like that would happen because up to now we’d had very few injuries and the players who were carrying fairly minor knocks played on as they were key to the team.

“But eventually things came to a head and we lost three players before we’d played half-an-hour on Saturday and that was a huge blow against a side like Clifton for whom everything they hit flew in. They were scoring from 30 yards as well as spectacular strikes into the top corner and we had no answer in the circumstances.

“But I said to the players afterwards that there are two ways to deal with it. Either I put my cards on the table and walk away or we react in a positive way and think what we can do to change.

“We then had 22 players at training on Wednesday, along with the new coaches, and although we may struggle to get too many new faces in by Saturday due to red tape, I’m hoping it won’t be long before the squad is much stronger.”

MacFarland also praised the support of the club’s fans, adding: “There were a good few at Clifton again on Saturday and it’s really important people stay behind us.

“It remains a work in progress given the little time we’ve had and the onus will soon be on stability rather than constant recruitment once the team is settled. That will be a crucial step forward.”