Badgers are unable to build on a bright start

Eastwood Town suffered their 12th defeat of the league season on Saturday, despite taking the lead twice at Market Drayton Town.

Only seven Badgers players kept their place in the starting 11 from the previous Tuesday night’s 4-0 loss at Retford, while Josh Schofield and James Murphy were promoted to the starting 11.

Eastwood had the first chance of the game as Henry Sibenge fashioned himself a chance, but he blasted over the crossbar from outside the area.

The Badgers got a well desvered opener on 17 minutes when O’Donnell’s corner was headed in at the near post by the hard working Sibenge, something which the league’s basement club deserved for their efforts up to that point.

Market Drayton equalised when Eastwood failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to Jake Bennett, who was in the right place at the right time to slot past James Wren on 26 minutes.

However, the Badgers retook the lead when another corner from O’Donnell was whipped in and James Murphy put the visitors 2-1 ahead after Drayton keeper Damien Stevens failed to clear the corner on 37 minutes.

Unfortunately, the lead lasted less then a minute as a free kick from the far side was headed in at the back stick by Kyle Blake to pull the hosts level.

Sibenge could have scored his second goal of the game but his shot went just wide of the post three minutes from half-time.

Eastwood could have gone into the break ahead but Joshua Schofield and Philip Oniama had shots blocked by the Drayton backline.

In the second half, Eastwood had a couple of chances from Clarkson and Cunningham but both went over the bar.

Then, despite a mistake from Stevens, Elijah Reid was unable to convert for the Badgers.

On 63 minutes a short corner from Market Drayton found Josh Green in space and, from the edge of the area, the right back fired into the net over a crowd of bodies.

Eastwood had a couple of chances and a brace of penalty shouts for handball but neither were given as Market Drayton looked to see the game out.

The match was finally but beyond Eastwood on 89 minutes when Yannick Makota found himself in open space just outside the area and he successfully beat Wren to send the Badgers home empty-handed.

l Saturday’s defeat was followed by another loss on Tuesday night as Eastwood went down 4-0 at Loughborough Dynamo.

Former Badger Lee Morris scored twice before the break and other first-half goals from Kris Nurse and Nathan Watson sealed a comfortable victory for the home side.