MacFarland keen to see Badgers build on rare point

Paul MacFarland
Paul MacFarland

Eastwood Town’s future was given a timely boost this week as the winding-up petition served by HM Revenue and Customs was dismissed in the High Court.

The order was served due to apparent unpaid tax, but it transpired administrative errors had meant this related to staff no longer employed by Eastwood Town FC in the given period.

The relevant paperwork was gathered together to prove the club’s innocence and its owner Steve Lynch subsequently confirmed it now has no case to answer following the court date on Monday morning.

He said: “The case has been dismissed and the application withdrawn. I knew this was to be the case two weeks ago but had to wait until it was confirmed.

“I’ve been continuing to put money in over the last few months to keep things going and there are still some smaller debts to deal with which are well known, such as those to do with the council and utilities, but hopefully now the club can move forward.”

Meanwhile, a 2-2 draw at home to Carlton Town on Saturday - Eastwood’s first point in 11 matches - gave manager Paul MacFarland reason for optimism as his side prepares to visit Lincoln United this weekend.

Results elsewhere meant the gap between Eastwood and safety actually grew to 12 points, but MacFarland says the result is something to build on.

He said: “We set ourselves our first target of getting a point at home on Saturday and whilst you could say the next step would be to get a point away from home, we have to believe we can get all three.

“Carlton are a top half side so to have held our own against them is encouraging.

“We played fairly well. We didn’t quite have enough about us to hold onto the lead we gained twice and things obviously got a bit panicky towards the end as we tried to protect the point, but everyone was buzzing afterwards.

“It was also good to see some old faces back down at Coronation Park and getting behind the team again.

“The only down side was coming in after the game and seeing that Kidsgrove had got a shock win over Leek so the gap between us and safety is now a bit bigger, but that’s football sometimes.”

Lincoln are struggling in the bottom half of the league too and MacFarland added: “A good result at Lincoln would set things up really nicely for what will be a huge game against Kidsgrove the following week. It’s crucial we take points off of those around us.”