Shaw: End of season could not come quick enough

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Chris Shaw warmly welcomed the end of another torrid season at Eastwood Town this week and announced his intentions to stop the rot when the next campaign begins.

The Badgers will compete in Division One South of the Evo-Stik League next season following a second successive relegation.

And player/manager Shaw, who will be joined in control of the team by Nick Hawkins, says he can’t wait to start again from scratch.

He said: “The end of the season couldn’t come quickly enough, as although some performances weren’t too bad and everyone was working hard, we just weren’t getting results and everyone’s mind was on next year.

“I want to thank the players who stuck with it and the fans who have kept turning out to watch us, and hope to reward them all in due course with more success on the pitch.

“We’ve shown great improvements in the last couple of months and that’s given us something to build on and some momentum to try and maintain.

“We need the fans to get behind us. Forget what has happened before, this is the chance to get behind me, Nick and the team and start enjoying football again.”

Eastwood lost 2-1 at Chorley on Saturday to bring the season to a close, and Shaw says he plans to sit down with several members of his playing staff over the next week or so to assess his options.

“Some may leave us, although I’ve not fully decided who as yet. We need a few more players to have a competitive squad next year and I know of a lot who want to come here,” said Shaw.

“I want to get a good squad sorted as soon as possible so that we’re a unit once we return for pre-season.”

Shaw, Hawkins and club owner Steve Lynch are due to hold a fans forum at Coronation Park next Tuesday night.

The event will take place in the clubhouse and offer fans the opportunity to fire questions at those in charge.

Shaw added: “I hope fans will come and ask us lots of questions because we’re willing to answer them, and I want people to understand what we’re aiming to achieve next year.”