Defeat gives boss food for thought

Eastwood's Sam Benjamin (left) keeps watch on Altrincham's Michael Twiss during Saturday's encounter.
Eastwood's Sam Benjamin (left) keeps watch on Altrincham's Michael Twiss during Saturday's encounter.
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JOHN Ramshaw says he was was left with plenty to think about following his first match in charge of Eastwood Town – but is positive about what lies in store.

The 2-0 defeat at Altrincham on Saturday was a tough starter for the new Badgers boss, not helped by going a goal down inside the first three minutes.

But as he prepares his side for the visit of another high-flying side in the shape of Guiseley this weekend, he looked back on his debut game and said his findings weren’t all negative.

“Obviously it wasn’t the best of starts to the game and I felt if we’d been able to keep things tighter for longer then we could have got more from the match,” he said.

“We passed the ball very well but there were times where we did a bit too much and lacked a cutting edge.

“We didn’t test their goalkeeper enough and that’s regrettable as had we scored it could have made things very interesting.”

Ramshaw has so far been enthused by the squad he has inherited, but says as time goes on he may well have to make changes as he begins to dictate his own style.

With that in mind, Ramshaw added more players to the ranks this week, including former Badger Markel Bailey, midfielders Sam Wood (ex-Burton, Hednesford), Thomas Manship (ex Corby, Hyde), former Hucknall defender David Boafo and Rushall Olympic striker Luke Edwards.

He said: “For now I’ve largely got to work with what I’ve got but I’m lucky to have taken over a decent squad of players.

“It needs proper match situations to be able to assess things properly though so time will tell as to who will fit in and who won’t, so in the meantime we have to go about things best we can.”


The match against Guiseley will be the first at Coronation Park since a 6-1 reverse against Gainsborough Trinity on October 25, and Ramshaw believes the players will have something to prove to the home supporters, particularly with attendances having dropped in recent weeks.

“Supporters work hard to earn the money they pay to get in, so naturally they expect the players to do exactly the same,” he said.

“They have every right not to tolerate those who don’t.

“I hope the gates will start to improve again as the support is vital and things have changed a lot since all the protests and boycotts were taking place under the old regime.”

“There’s a new owner in place who is working extremely hard to put things right, and I can guarantee that I’ll be doing exactly the same, whether it’s washing smelly training bibs at 7am on a Saturday like I did last week or putting the hard work in scouting and preparing for games.”

l Eastwood will face Guiseley again on November 26 after being drawn away to the Yorkshire side in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.