MacFarland hails high-flying Eastwood

Paul MacFarland
Paul MacFarland

Paul MacFarland says he’s been delighted with Eastwood CFC’s continuing good form - particularly as he’s not yet been able to field an unchanged side.

‘Wood sit top of the Central Midlands League South having lost just one league game all season, although several sides below them have games in hand and are within touching distance.

But MacFarland is happy to have the points in the bag in what is an unpredictable league.

He said: “I think you can look as far down as ninth or tenth in terms of sides who could end up challenging for honours at the end of the season.

“Anyone can beat anyone else, especially among the top ten sides, so even though we may get overtaken when those around us catch up in the number of games played, it’s still vital to have these points secured already.

“It’s been great to see us stay up there because I’ve not even been able to field the same side in consecutive games yet.

“We’ve had a lot of matches, often three a week, which at this level is hard on players when it comes to fitness levels and also work commitments.

“It highlights the need for a strong squad and luckily we’ve been able to bring in good replacements when key players are out.”

Last weekend saw Eastwood hit six at Holbrook St Michaels before a 4-0 cup win at Belper United on Wednesday night.

Seeing so many goals go in at the right end is something MacFarland wants to see continue.

“We’re scoring lots of goals and also playing some good football most of the time,” he said.

“We were conceding too many at one point, highlighted by the defeat at Sherwood, but that seems to have been sorted out now.

“That defeat actually did us a favour in some ways as I think some of the lads were getting a bit cocky and complacent the longer the unbeaten run went on.

“You never want to lose, but in a sense it gave us a kick up the backside and we’ve responded really well.”

Eastwood host Hucknall Rolls Leisure at Coronation Park on Saturday with an unbeaten home record still intact.

MacFarland added: “Rolls are a decent side who can upset teams so it’ll be another tough test.

“We’ve actually got a couple of weeks without a game after this so could well lose top spot as other teams play, but another win will put us on 26 points which after 13 games is a great return.”