Badgers impress in pre-season clashes

Eastwood's Alex Troke (left) battles for possession at Grantham Town on Saturday. Photo by Toby Roberts.
Eastwood's Alex Troke (left) battles for possession at Grantham Town on Saturday. Photo by Toby Roberts.

EASTWOOD Town joint manager Jamie Brough says he’s been greatly encouraged by the Badgers’ performances so far in pre-season.

A 2-1 win over Grantham Town on Saturday was followed up with a fine display against Wrexham in a 1-0 loss at Coronation Park on Wednesday night, with the management team still running the rule over several trialists.

And despite the team having only played three matches together, Brough has been heartened by what he’s seen.

He said: “I felt against Wrexham we were superb in the first-half and had we come in three or four goals up at the break I don’t think anyone could have complained.

“We got the ball down and played some really good stuff, particularly with the more experienced line-up we had in the first hour or so.

“It was a similar story against Grantham and it was obviously pleasing to get a win too, because even though it’s only pre-season, wins breed confidence and momentum and that can only be a good thing.”

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With just three weeks until the start of the new season, Brough is well aware Eastwood’s squad still needs more permanent numbers and he and Craig Armstrong are continuing to assess new faces in training and the pre-season matches.

Striker Jervais Christie is expected to sign a two-year deal this week having impressed in his three games so far, while ex-Notts County defender Alex Troke has been offered terms but is understood to also be attracting interest from elsewhere.

Brough added: “Some of the lads we’ve seen have warranted another look while a few haven’t been quite what we’re looking for.

“We’ve got one or two who have been using us to help get their fitness levels up, such as Kevin Sandwith, who has actually said he’d like to sign, and Spencer Weir-Daley who has been honest with us and made it clear he wants to play in the Conference Premier but who could be an option for us too.”

Next up will see Derby County send what is expected to be a mixture of first team and youth players to Coronation Park on Saturday, before Eastwood head to Carlton Town on Tuesday night and then host Huddersfield Town next Thursday evening.


Meanwhile, the club is to host a weekly soccer school at Coronation Park for children aged 3-8 years-old, starting this weekend.

The sessions will take place from 10am on Saturdays and Sundays with qualified coaches. The first two sessions will be free, but there will be a charge of £2.50 per child thereafter.

Contact the club for more details or simply turn up on the day. Refreshments will be available.

The Badgers are also to host training sessions for an under-16s team at Hall Park this Sunday morning (24th)

Anyone interested can contact the club for details.