Eastwood boss hopes for a productive 2015

Eastwood CFC (in red) are looking to push on in 2015.
Eastwood CFC (in red) are looking to push on in 2015.

Manager Paul McFarland says he expects Eastwood CFC to start progressing at pace as the newly-formed club moves into 2015.

Three draws in a row have seen Eastwood put their first points on the board in the Central Midlands League and begin to catch the sides above them in the table.

And with several new recruits on both the coaching and playing side of things having reaped dividends at Coronation Park, McFarland now hopes to push on in the second half of the season.

He said: “It’s been a good end to the year for us because for a while we kept getting close to making progress and would then suffer setbacks, but the changes we’ve made are already working.

“We took the decision to get not only a better coaching structure in place but also bring more experience into the team, and that has helped our game management no end and in turn produced points.

“The club has had around 60 players registered since the start of the season and the thing we really need is a consistent team, and with the people we’ve brought in I’m confident that will now be the case until the end of the season.

“In the three games we’ve drawn, we had nine or ten players feature in all of them. Now we’ve just got to start turning those single points into three.”

Eastwood’s fixture at Hucknall Rolls Leisure on Saturday was one of many called off due to frozen pitches and attention now turns to the visit to fourth-placed Pinxton on Saturday.

McFarland is aware it will be a tough game that awaits them but with the progress being made, feels confident his side will put up a fight.

He said: “Whereas in past games we’d sometimes get to 70 minutes or so having played quite well and then collapse, the experience we’ve brought in should help us see games through better, especially against the sides higher up the table.

“Beforehand we were trying to solve the numerous problems we had at once but we then decided to work on things separately, so addressed defensive issues first, then midfield and so on.

“I’ve got targets for us now. They’re not massive, but I feel we have a chance of at least pushing ourselves up into the top 12 by the end of the season and then building from there.”

In terms of the Coronation Park infrastructure, McFarland remains happy with work going on off the pitch, although the pitch itself is one area of concern.

He added: “We’ve got our first team, a couple of Sunday teams, a ladies team, reserve team and soccer schools using the pitch and it’s taking its toll, so the break we’ve had over the last few days has been a good thing in that sense.

“It’s something we’re set to sit down and discuss in due course as we don’t want the pitch to suffer too much but at the same time it’s an important community facility.”