Elliott heads for pastures new as Town squad evolves

Danny Elliott
Danny Elliott

Talented midfielder Danny Elliott became the next departure from Eastwood Town this week as the Badgers faced an enforced break from league action.

Elliott has moved to Grantham Town after becoming a regular in Eastwood’s squad over the last two seasons, with a desire to win more games believed to be one of the main reasons for leaving Coronation Park.

And Badgers player/manager Chris Shaw paid tribute to the teenager.

He said: “Danny’s been one of the brighter lights to have come through a tough time at the club and we wish him well for the future.”

Shaw moved quickly to try and replace Elliott by bringing in Adam Campbell from South Normanton Athletic.

Campbell is renowned for scoring goals from midfield, and with a lack of firepower having been one of Shaw’s main gripes in recent weeks, he feels Campbell’s addition, as well as that of striker Greg Smith from Stamford, could aid the cause.

“I’ve said we need more goals and with the arrival of Greg up front and Adam too, I hope we can start to address that problem.”

Meanwhile, Eastwood’s game at home to AFC Fylde last weekend was called off 24 hours beforehand due to the heavy snow, while there remain fears that this weekend’s trip to Lancashire to face Chorley could also be under threat should the Lancashire side’s pitch not have thawed out in time.

The Badgers may hold out more hope of hosting Rainworth Miners Welfare next Tuesday night in the fourth round of the Doodson Sport Cup (kick-off 7.45pm) with milder temperatures expected to have set in by then.

Shaw’s only win as Badgers boss came in the last round of the tournament with a 2-1 victory at local rivals Ilkeston FC earlier this month.

Shaw said: “It’s obviously difficult when you’re not playing but at least everyone is in the same boat at the moment.

“What it has done though is given us a chance to work hard on fitness levels which is important because it’s an area I felt we were struggling with.

“We’ve done some ball work too but that’s dependant on having a good surface to train on.”