EASTWOOD Town boss John Ramshaw says he feels his players are starting to turn the corner as they prepare for a tough festive double-header.
The Badgers are still seeking a first win under Ramshaw’s guidance and face two games against mid-table Boston United on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Their last outing was a 3-0 defeat at home to Workington on Saturday, and while the result was another disappointment, the manager took heart from certain aspects of the encounter.
He said: “I felt we controlled things for the first 20 minutes and missed a couple of great chances. Their keeper had a fantastic game which I think says a lot.
“But we then conceded a sloppy first goal, albeit via a huge deflection, and I was also disappointed with the second goal too as we shouldn’t have allowed the space on the left where the cross came from.
“The third goal was obviously the killer, particularly coming so soon after half-time, but after that I thought we dominated the game and started playing good football again.
“Sam Wood made a big difference off the bench and I felt Jason Bradley benefited from having someone like Peter Knox up front with him as it took some of the pressure off.
“Overall, I felt for the first time that we were just starting to turn the corner a little bit, and I hope that continues.”
Ramshaw says he is likely to approach the two Boston games slightly differently in terms of formation and personnel.
“We need to be a bit tighter away from home and try and avoid having to chase the game, which applies to home matches as well,” he said.
“We’ll be trying to win both games but perhaps we need a bit of luck too, so a winning goal off of someone’s backside wouldn’t go amiss!”
Midfielder Ross Gardner has returned to the club from Shildon and is likely to start on Boxing Day, whilst negotiations are ongoing with regard to bringing goalkeeper Ian Deakin back from Staveley and left-back Chris Shaw from Hednesford.
Young striker Greg Simmons, 17, has also been given a deal after impressing for the reserves.
Ramshaw added: “Ross has been fantastic in that all he is asking for is expenses to cover travelling from the north-east, so we won’t be paying him a playing wage. He just wanted to come back and help us out.
“We’ve put in seven days’ notice for Deaks and Chris Shaw so neither will be available for the Boston games should they sign, but with James Severn returning to Derby next week and the quality we know Shawy has, both would be great signings.”