EASTWOOD Town boss John Ramshaw believes there is no longer any pressure on his youthful squad to stay up – but also that they are determined to fight to the end.
Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Workington extended the Badgers’ winless run in the league to 13 games, and although the rot was stopped by a Notts Senior Cup success on Wednesday night, prospects remain bleak in the Blue Square Bet North.
But Ramshaw says his team won’t give up and believes there are still points to be won.
He said: “The commitment and the attitude of the players has been excellent and I really cannot fault them at all on that front.
“I don’t want to hammer them after we lose games because they’re basically in a situation that isn’t of their own making and we’re having to just get by at the moment.
“The financial situation is dreadful and yet we had these lads put in what was essentially an 18-hour shift on Saturday for very little reward.
“There’s no question in my mind that they will continue trying and working hard as pride takes over after a while and the fact is that you don’t want to be going out and getting hammered every week.”
Eastwood now face a pair of home games during the next week as high-flying FC Halifax Town visit on Saturday before the re-arranged game with Solihull Moors takes place next Tuesday night.
And Ramshaw is keen to see his players build on some encouraging home displays in recent weeks as they strive to pick up some points.
He said: “There is no pressure on us at all now. Halifax are obviously flying and it will be very difficult, but if we relax and enjoy the game then we can give them a good test.
“The fact is that the club has won three games all season, two of those early on when the likes of Craig Armstrong and Lee Morris were in the side.
“Since the new regime arrived the budget has had to keep getting lower and lower and that’s had an effect on the sorts of players we can sign as well as being able to keep existing ones here.
“We’ve had to take punts on some players who have turned out not to be good enough, but we don’t have a lot of choice.
“It’s not necessarily the players’ fault. We just have to keep limping on and doing our best every week. It’s just a case of whether our best is good enough.”
A positive piece of news to emerge from Coronation Park this week is Nottingham Forest’s approach to sign young striker Gregg Simmons.
The 17-year-old has impressed since making his debut against Colwyn Bay last month and that has provoked interest from the Championship side.
Ramshaw added: “Forest have put in seven days’ notice for Gregg. He’s done very well and I’d imagine he will take a place in their academy if the move goes ahead, so we’ll see what happens.”