All change at new-look Eastwood CFC

It will be all change at Eastwood CFC next season after the club announced an overhaul of its senior football structure.

Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 6:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th May 2016, 7:08 pm
The new 3G surface at the Play Soccer USA Arena. Photo by Richard Parkes.

As well as now having full use of a brand new 3G pitch, a new manager has been announced with Jez Corthorn having taken over after his previous club, Hucknall Rolls Leisure, resigned from the Central Midlands League and are believed to have subsequently folded.

He brings Jonathan Wass with him from Hucknall to jointly manage the first team and Andy Tringe who will work with the reserve team.

Director of football Jamie Bennett believes the changes were necessary as the club looks to achieve stability and hopefully a climb up the leagues in the near future.

Jez Corthorn (left) and Jonathan Wass are the new Eastwood CFC management team.

He said: “The time was right to make some changes. Matt McCaul did a great job looking after the first team at the end of last season after Paul MacFarland left and I hope he’ll return as a player next year.

“But with the new pitch now operating and the club as a whole now a seven day a week facility, we feel it’s time to look at things differently with a view to pushing for promotion next season.

“We didn’t apply to go up last season as we needed more time to stabilise, but if things go well next season and the team do the job on the pitch, then we’ll be certainly applying to go up and in turn progress even higher as time goes by.”

The first competitive match on the 3G surface at the newly-named Play Soccer USA 3G Arena took place on Monday night as Basford United beat Clipstone in the Notts Senior Cup final.

Jez Corthorn (left) and Jonathan Wass are the new Eastwood CFC management team.

Bennett added: “It was great to see a good crowd here and so many people were impressed by the setup we have now. There is so much scope for this club to grow and attract big gates each week and that in turn will, I hope, attract better players too who want to train and play at a facility such as ours.

“The junior side of things is thriving too and we have 14 teams in total, including an academy side that will play in the Central Conference and HKL U21 League next year and hopefully provide a good link to the first team, as well as the reserve team which our new coaching staff are keen to run closely alongside the first team too.”