Badgers crushed in Trophy horror

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EASTWOOD’S hopes of a run in the FA Trophy were ended comprehensively at the first hurdle as they were crushed by Guiseley on Saturday.

FA Trophy 3rd Qual. Round


Gavin Rothery 8, 35, 85

Danny Forrest 30, 45

Ciaran Toner 41

Simon Baldry 52


by Paddy Farrell

EASTWOOD’S hopes of a run in the FA Trophy were ended comprehensively at the first hurdle as they were crushed by Guiseley on Saturday.

Five of the hosts’ goals came in a disastrous first-half and the late sending off of defender Alex Troke added insult to considerable injury.

Although league status is Eastwood’s first concern, prospects on this difficult journey looked reasonable given the 2-2 draw with Guiseley only 14 days before.

With Luke Edwards and Sam Wood cup-tied, Jake Sheridan departed and several players patently out of favour, John Ramshaw again shuffled his depleted pack and introduced Emeka Nwadike in midfield.

The Badgers opened well with Tom Manship going close early on, Paul Riley’s cross being headed straight up by Jason Bradley and Steve Istead showing a touch of class but seeing his attempt to release Josh Burge thwarted by Dave Merris.

Eastwood’s far too lax defensive marking contributed hugely to the home side’s lead after just eight minutes.

Gavin Rothery profited from his ability to shield the ball from an over impatient would-be tackler, turned him with ease and, although his shot lacked conviction, the ball soared past James Severn.

It was to be but the first act in a nightmare of an afternoon for the young Derby County ‘keeper.

Without ever really seeming even remotely dangerous, Eastwood did at least battle through without further loss until the half-hour mark but then collective carelessness contributed to an unbelievable burst of four home goals within 15 minutes.

Close interpassing in midfield let Lee Ellington run through and, although he looked completely boxed-in, he somehow squeezed half-a-pass through to Danny Forrest for the striker to nick-in at the near post.

Five minutes later, with Eastwood’s entire defence looking enquiringly at each other, Forrest rose unchallenged to head on and Rothery again was in predator mode as he notched number three.

In 41 minutes, Guiseley, now thoroughly bossing every area, showed their confidence by ending a move started by Merris disposing Bradley.

Progression was carried on by three or four others before Ciaran Toner shot home from the edge of the area.

Almost inevitably the nap hand came from the most common sign of a side in chaos.

David Haggerty’s decision to pass back was debatable, his delivery was imprecise and young Severn completely missed an intended hack clear. Forrest looked slightly embarrassed as he tapped home another gift goal.

Predictably Eastwood’s management team opted for second-half changes with Gavin Caines and Danny Elliott coming on for Aaron Mitchell and Manship.

The double change was understandable but understandably unproductive.

The home team continued to surge forward and Simon Baldry headed in Danny Boshell’s cross for a 6-0 lead in 52 minutes.

With the result long-since settled, even the rampant Leeds crowd was getting bored and found diversion in loud claims to the match officials for cards at every Eastwood tackle.

Referee Mr Curry had so far produced only one yellow card as befitted a game so glaringly one-side and almost non-competitive – but that was to prove significant.

With five minutes left, Guiseley sub, Burns, crossed speculatively, the attempted clearance was hashed up and Rothery claimed his hat-trick with a firm shot.

The crowd got their way just on time when Troke, who had admittedly been given a hard afternoon by Forrest, was handed a second caution as the striker tumbled.

The resultant red card seemed harsh and was perhaps the only error of judgement by a good referee.

Eastwood: 1 James Severn 2 Alex Troke 3 Sam Benjamin 4 Steve Istead 5 David Haggerty 6 Aaron Mitchell (Gavin Caines 45) 7 Josh Burge 8 Emeka Nwadike 9 Jason Bradley (Jevaise Christie 70) 10 Tom Manship (Danny Elliott 45) 11 Paul Riley

Subs not used: David Boafo, Jake Want.

Att: 323