EASTWOOD Town hit the road to Wembley again this weekend as their troubled league campaign takes a back seat.
The Badgers will visit Blue Square Bet North rivals Guiseley on Saturday, just a fortnight after drawing 2-2 with the Yorkshire side at Coronation Park.
That day saw a late equaliser deny new Eastwood boss John Ramshaw the first win of his tenure, something he is keen to rectify this time around.
He said: “It’s one of the toughest draws we could have had but it’s very important for both clubs given the prize money involved.
“We’d benefit greatly from the cash if we can get through, but obviously we know Guiseley’s quality from having faced them a couple of weeks ago and it won’t be easy.
“We played well that day but were denied by an excellent late goal.”
Ramshaw has bolstered his midfield following the departure of Jake Sheridan to Lincoln City by bringing Emeka Nwadike back to Coronation Park.
It will be 33-year-old Nwadike’s third spell at the club having twice been signed by Paul Cox. Most recently he has been turning out for Worcester City - including against the Badgers in August.
Ramshaw said: “He’s based in Derby and was finding the travelling a problem, so having spoken to Worcester boss Carl Heeley we were able to come to an agreement to bring him back here.
“He’s much more my kind of player in that he’s a tough-tackling midfielder, something I think we need at the moment as we fight to stay up.”
Ramshaw says he hopes to sign another defensive-minded player in the next few days.
Last Saturday saw Eastwood fall to a 2-1 defeat at Harrogate Town, a result which leaves them four points adrift of safety in the league table.
Ramshaw said that despite there being some positives to take from the game, he was disappointed with the general display.
“We conceded early again, although to be fair it was an unstoppable goal that you can’t blame anyone for, but it was a pity that once again we found ourselves chasing the game from the off,” he said.
“We missed some very good chances, with Jason Bradley and Luke Edwards both failing to convert glaring opportunities, and we ended up being punished.
“When we scored I felt we could have pushed on for a point, even though that would have been a bit of an injustice, but we just couln’t turn the screw.
“I feel that we’re getting there in terms of fitness, which can’t happen overnight when you’re only a part-time outfit, and the lads are putting in monumental shifts in training so I can’t fault that. We just need things to go our way a bit and the points will come.”
Meanwhile, coach Jim Wynn has left Eastwood to become assistant manager at Shepshed Dynamo.
Ramshaw added: “Their new boss Chris White obviously knows Jim well as we all worked together before, and it was a great chance for him to progress his promising coaching career so I wish him well for the future.”