Boss Hayward not too downhearted despite defeat

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Gary Hayward saw his Eastwood Town side heavily beaten by league leaders Leek Town on Saturday and accepted the Badgers were always up against it.

Leek are now five points clear at the top, with Eastwood third from bottom on goal difference, but Hayward took the Badgers to Staffordshire hoping to stifle Lee Casswell’s side and make life difficult.

In the event, Leek scored five unanswered goals, and Hayward gave an honest assessment of proceedings.

He said: “Leek are an excellent side and it was easy to see why they’re doing so well at the top of the league.

“There were still some aspects of our game I was disappointed with, particularly the fact that some of the goals were again down to silly errors, and also the fact that we missed some good chances to score when it was 3-0 that would at least have given the scoreline some respectability.”

The Badgers are now without a game until the trip to Market Drayton Town on Saturday, December 7 and Hayward added: “We just need to dust ourselves down and make use of the week off to be fresh for the next game.”

Eastwood’s scheduled visit of Gresley FC - already brought forward due to the Moatmen’s FA Trophy commitments - was eventually postponed on Tuesday night.

The Christmas lights switch-on in Eastwood and subsequent road closures was cited as the main reason for the match not being played on Tuesday, and with the clubs unable to agree a different day of the week to play the game, it was postponed to a later date.

Gresley also have a big FA Trophy tie at Wrexham on Saturday, hence their reluctance to play the game on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the grand re-opening of the Eastwood Town FC Social Club will take place on Friday, December 6, with an appearance by local band The Imposters.

Draught lager, bitter and cider will cost £2.50 a pint.

The club hope to open the facility up on a daily basis in the future with it being a potentially valuable revenue stream, with a Christmas raffle and other events also planned in the coming weeks.