With so much doom and gloom in recent matches, it’s probably best to start with the positives from this game at home to Coalville on Saturday.
Eastwood came out fighting in the second-half, had goalkeeper Lewis King to thank for an injury-time penalty save, took their chances and outscored their opponents by two to one with goals from debutant Tom Law and leading scorer Kieran Wells.
Unfortunately, it came 45 minutes too late as their opponents Coalville had ripped them apart in the first-half.
The visitors opened the scoring after only three minutes when Callum Woodward scored from the spot after Elijah Reid felled Ben Saunders.
This was extended just seven minutes later as Anthony Carney was left in acres of space to turn in a left wing cross with the Eastwood defence non-existent.
Eastwood tried to get themselves in the game and Tris Whitman saw a goalbound shot deflected for a corner, however it was always the visitors most likely to score.
King made the first of several good saves to deny Carney his second but the striker wasn’t to be denied for long as, on the break, he walked through the last three defenders before calmly rolling the ball past the helpless King.
In torrential rain, Woodward completed the scoring in the first-half as he prodded home Coalville’s fourth after Carney’s initial shot had cannoned back off the crossbar.
Ben Saunders and Reece Lester missed good chances early in the second-half but it was the Badgers who were to score the next goal.
A delightful piece of skill from Dan O’Donnell saw substitute Law score with his first touch soon after coming on.
Reece Lester, sub Jorden Hempenstall and Ben Saunders again went close to increasing the visitors’ lead and Wells should have done better when clean through.
The Eastwood striker did make amends with a cheeky finish from O’Donnell’s cross and for a moment the visitors were looking shaky.
But Hempenstall put the game beyond any doubt in the dying seconds with a smart turn and shot, King’s late penalty save denying a sixth.
Saturday, October 12, 2013:
Eastwood: 1 Lewis King 2 Elijah Reid 3 Luke Rowe 4 Elliott Green 5 Tyrone Burton 6 Josh Raby 7 Dan O’Donnell 8 Josh Schofield (Alex Haughton 75) 9 Kieran Wells 10 Tris Whitman (Jacob Sturgess 57) 11 Jevon Seaton (Tony Law 60). Subs not used: Josh Nodder, Dan Dobbie.
Coalville: 1 Sean Bowles 2 Alex Dean 3 Reece Lester 4 Danny Jenno 5 Jamie McAteer 6 Liam Kay 7 Callum Woodward (Mitchell Woodbine 90) 8 Jack McGovern 9 Ben Saunders (Jordan Hempenstall 76) 10 Anthony Carney 11 Lee Miveld (Kyle Fowkes 57). Sub not used: Kevin Charley Att: 176
Ref: Chris Ward Best Badger: Lewis King
Report by Andy Cope