MacFarland stays positive ahead of Carlton visit

New manager Paul MacFarland says the spirit among Eastwood Town’s evolving squad is good despite the Badgers’ current form.

Eleven defeats in a row have left MacFarland’s men well adrift at the bottom of Evo-Stik Division One South, but with many of the current set of players not having been part of much of that run, it is hoped fresh faces and a fresh approach could aid the cause.

And with more new players set to arrive in due course, MacFarland hopes fortunes can improve on the pitch.

He said: “We’ve had large numbers at the training sessions and it feels a bit like a new season in a sense because of the number of new players coming in.

“We’re making a few changes both on and off the pitch, some quite subtle like switching dressing rooms and giving them a lick of paint, just to try and break the mood and give a fresher outlook which may have an effect on the playing side.”

MacFarland and his assistant John Adams took charge for the first time at Chasetown on Saturday and although the Badgers lost 3-1, it was felt they got better as the afternoon went on.

“It was going to go one of two ways at the start; either we’d hit the ground running or we’d be all over the place,” said MacFarland.

“Needless to say it was the latter and we conceded three quick goals, although to be fair Chasetown have done that to a few teams recently.

“But we then settled down and after changing formation at half-time we looked a lot better and got a goal back. At that point Chasetown began to panic and had we got another then things could have got interesting.

“But there was plenty to build on and although the squad may have evolved a little bit more by the time we get to this weekend, the Chasetown game gave us food for thought.”

MacFarland expects to have made a couple of loan signings ahead of the visit of Carlton Town on Saturday, with notice having been in for other players who could arrive in time for the trip to Lincoln United on January 18.

And with it being the stage of the season where many clubs adjust their budgets according to their expectations, the Badgers boss hopes to capitalise.

He added: “We want to have a look at as many players we can. Our budget is still tight but lots of other clubs are having to cut their cloth too at the moment, so a few could start dropping points and we want to be the ones taking those points from them.”