Mac’s delight as Eastwood secure first win

Action from Thoresby v Eastwood CFC (in yellow) on Saturday.
Action from Thoresby v Eastwood CFC (in yellow) on Saturday.

Manager Paul MacFarland revelled in a shock first competitive victory for Eastwood CFC this week and then challenged his players to start clocking up league points.

Eastwood won 2-1 at high-flying CML North side Thoresby CW in the Notts Senior Cup on Saturday, Ryan McLeod’s spectacular winner sealing their progress through.

And with that win in the bag and the morale boost to go with it, MacFarland is now keen for his side to continue their momentum.

He said: “I’d be wrong to say we expected to win because on paper we had no chance against a side who had won nine in a row and who were at home.

“But I showed the players a print out of the league table beforehand and then ripped it up in front of them as it was a case of 11 v 11 and if we wanted it we’d get it, and we did.

“We’re bringing in new players all the time, some with really good quality who have experience playing higher up, helped by the fact quite a few lads are attracted here now given our circumstances, where we play and the bigger attendances we get. It’s a place of real interest.

“Now it would be a good time to build on this win and start getting points on the board in the league.”

Eastwood welcome Linby Colliery Welfare to Coronation Park this weekend, and with the club now operating more fluently throughout, MacFarland hopes fans will keep wanting to investigate his new team.

He said: “I actually said to my assistant John Adams recently that our first win was likely to come away from home as there’s not the pressure of the bigger attendance and so on that you have at Coronation Park, and also away teams often raise their game as they come to a bigger ground than usual.

“But we’re improving all the time and behind the scenes things are also progressing well in terms of things like the clubhouse having been refurbished (it will be open to screen the Nottingham Forest match before Saturday’s game) and more staff being on hand.

“Players are slotting in well and we’ve also recruited old Eastwood Town favourite Gary Breach and a quality player in the shape of Jack Havron who will come in as captain having previously been at the likes of Holbrook, Long Eaton and Dunkirk.

“The fans have been really patient and I hope they’ll see the improvements week by week.”

Eastwood’s reserve side had its first outing on Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Belper United Reserves, with MacFarland adding: “I’m told they did really well. That team could be a good breeding ground for young players and if anything we’re ahead of schedule in implementing it, so hopefully we can utilise it properly in line with the club’s plan to bring through young local players.”