Reds boss buoyant after back-to-back victories

Paul MacFarland
Paul MacFarland

Eastwood CFC recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in their short history this week to leave boss Paul MacFarland purring over the progress being made at Coronation Park.

A 4-1 win at Southwell City last Saturday was followed by a Floodlit Cup quarter-final victory against Blidworth Welfare on Tuesday, shortly after Eastwood had been named Central Midlands League Club of the Month.

And with Eastwood having moved comfortably off the bottom of the league with matches coming up against fellow struggling sides, MacFarland is now keen to see the season end on a high note.

He said: “It took a good while but I think we’ve really turned a corner now.

“We didn’t play that well on Saturday but sometimes you have to battle your way to results which sometimes is as important as playing well to get them.

“Getting off the bottom has released a lot of pressure and now we’ve achieved two targets of catching Holbrook and Southwell, we now want to catch Harrowby who we have to play in a couple of weeks.

“That could see us finish top of the little group of four who are cut adrift at the bottom, but after the way things were for so long that would be a great achievement.”

Eastwood head to bottom-of-the-table Holbrook on Saturday with MacFarland wary of suddenly being favourites to win.

He said: “It’s a new experience for us but you have to be very careful. Bulwell and Mickleover Royals were overwhelming favourites to beat us and yet we took four points from those games.

“Holbrook may be bottom but we were too and have turned it around.

“We’re playing with a new lease of life and the players and fans are loving it. We’re getting a bit of luck we perhaps didn’t get before but you make your own luck sometimes and the hard work the players are putting in is being rewarded.

“We still need to keep making the squad stronger in case injuries and suspensions kick in, but I’m hoping we can finish strongly as that will give us a real boost ahead of next season.”