Shaw commits to next season as relegation edges closer

Player/manager Chris Shaw has committed to Eastwood Town for the rest of this season and beyond as his side continues to battle against relegation from the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

And whilst that battle is getting ever harder for the Badgers as they remain rooted to the bottom of the table, the club were keen to establish some stability for the future regardless of the division they may be in next season.

Shaw is still seeking a first league win since taking over from John Ramshaw in November, but he has overseen Eastwood’s progress to the quarter-finals of the Doodson Sport League Cup and also some encouraging displays in the league, narrowly missing out on victories on more than one occasion.

Shaw was unavailable for comment this week, but a statement on the club website said: “Due to speculation surrounding the manager’s position at Eastwood Town, we can announce that Chris Shaw has been offered and accepted the job for next season.

“We feel that at this stage, the main thing that the club needs is stability and somebody in charge who has the club at heart, and we are delighted that Chris has accepted the opportunity to try and take the club forward.”

With the Badgers currently nine points adrift of safety and with only 11 matches remaining, a second successive relegation looks to be on the cards at Coronation Park, with a limited budget having meant Shaw has struggled to attract the calibre of player needed to remain at their current level.

Striker Lavell White left for Matlock Town last week having scored twice for Eastwood at Buxton a few days earlier, although defender Sam Craven has arrived from Hednesford Town and made his debut in the 2-0 defeat to Whitby Town on Saturday.

That match was followed by a 4-1 reverse against AFC Fylde on Tuesday night in front of just 98 people, Eastwood’s lowest league gate of the season.

North Notts side Worksop Town visit Coronation Park on Saturday.

They are in the hunt for a play-off spot but suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at home to Nantwich Town on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Eastwood will host North Ferriby United in the Doodson Sport Cup quarter-finals on March 12.