EASTWOOD Town got their pre-season friendly schedule underway last weekend as preparations for the new campaign continued.
The Badgers lost 1-0 against Leicestershire side Quorn in a match played on an awkward 3G surface at Loughborough University.
That posed both sides problems unique to the occasion, but Eastwood manager John Ramshaw tried to take as many positives as he could from the experience.
He said: “Quorn’s pitch was waterlogged so we had to move the game, and the surface, which was one of thefirst 3G pitches to be created many years ago, was pretty old and worn which made things difficult for both sides.
“But the decent crowd were treated to a neat, passing encounter with some good football played but with neither sides able to create many chances.
“The goal came from an error by our defence which is always disappointing but otherwise there were a few positives we gained from the match.”
Several players made their first appearances in an Eastwood shirt, with one or two others turning out purely in an attempt to gain some match fitness.
Ramshaw added: “Defender Cameron Fearon has only hooked up with us for training purposes and we have guys like Gary Sucharewycz who wasn’t available on Saturday but who is also aiming to train with us for a while.
“But there were plenty of new signings on show, including striker Michael Evans who scored lots of goals for Clifton last year and who despite finding it difficult on a very small pitch at Loughborough has been working very hard in training and deserves an opportunity here.”
A planned friendly at Gedling Miners Welfare on Tuesday night was then cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.
Ramshaw said: “It was disappointing for Gedling because we’re one of their bigger friendly games and they desperately wanted to play, but the ground wasn’t good and it wasn’t worth the risk of ruining it at this stage.”
The match may be re-arranged at a future date depending on the clubs’ respective commitments.
Ramshaw is now set to be in the United States for five weeks where he has run a soccer school in Texas for many years, meaning assistant manager Darren Kelk will be in charge of team affairs.
“I realise it’s not ideal but at the end of the day I have a business to run and need to be out there,” said Ramshaw.
“I’ll be in regular contact with Darren and can advise where necessary.”
Meanwhile, the Evo-Stik Premier Division fixtures, originally due to be released today (Friday), may be delayed due to unforseen personal circumstances in relation to the fixture compilers.
Should there be a delay, it’s expected the fixtures will instead be released next Wednesday, July 18.