JOHN Ramshaw has dedicated Tuesday’s Nottinghamshire Senior Cup win to the players, fans and staff of Eastwood Town who have suffered all season – and emphasised his desire to put things right in the summer.
The Badgers boss oversaw a 2-0 win against Clifton to seal another county cup success and bring some relief as the club prepares for the final league game of a tough season this weekend.
It was Eastwood’s seventh Senior Cup win in the last nine seasons, and Ramshaw was pleased to have added another title to the list.
He said: “It’s great to win it again, not only for the players who have been through so much but also for everyone behind the scenes who has worked so hard for very little reward and the fans who have stuck by us throughout.
“Clifton made us work very hard for it but once we scored I felt there was only one winner as at that point I couldn’t see them scoring.
“It took us a bit longer to settle than usual but I said to the players that if we don’t concede early we’ll give ourselves a chance as our fitness levels are that bit better.
“Some of these players have been flung into a situation that’s been very difficult for them. They’re kids doing a man’s job in lots of cases and this was a great reward for them.”
Ramshaw brought back striker Luke Edwards for the game and had goalkeeper Ian Deakin on the bench, both players who have been plying their trade for other clubs recently.
But Ramshaw defended the move as well as that of leaving out one or two of the youngsters who have played a part in recent weeks.
He said: “Clifton play at a level that is extremely physical and some of our kids, who have acquitted themselves very well in the league, would have been eaten alive in a game like this.
“Wes Henry wasn’t 100 per cent fit and I wanted a bit more experience up front so Luke played as a favour to me and led the line very well.
“With it being a cup final I also wanted a keeper on the bench and Deaks was available to help out.”
Eastwood’s final home game of the season saw them heavily beaten by Altrincham last Saturday.
Ramshaw felt the Badgers gave as good as they got for the opening half-an-hour of the match, before mistakes and immaturity crept in.
He said: “For the first 30 minutes or so we did really well and had around seven shots to Altrincham’s one.
“But then we made two mistakes which led to goals and you could see the fight disappear from our lads a little bit.
“I think Altrincham’s front two, Reeves and McGivern, were the best we’ve faced all season, and in the end we struggled to cope with their pace and movement.
“It just emphasises how I’ll need to bring in some good experience and mental strength in the summer to couple with some of the young players we’ll be keeping on.
“That could be crucial if we’re to compete in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.”