Shaw laments derby display but remains in positive mood

Eastwood striker Lavell White is pictured in action against Ilkeston on Boxing Day. Photo by Craig Lamont.
Eastwood striker Lavell White is pictured in action against Ilkeston on Boxing Day. Photo by Craig Lamont.

Eastwood Town player/manager Chris Shaw has expressed his disappointment at the Boxing Day derby defeat to Ilkeston but believes his side will bounce back.

The 4-1 defeat kept the Badgers rooted to the bottom of the league, with leaders North Ferriby United next to arrive at Coronation Park on Saturday (29th).

And despiteIlkeston being in a fine run of form at present, Shaw took little comfort from the defeat.

He said: “I’m really disappointed as we just didn’t turn up.

“This was the first time some of the lads had played in a big derby game and I tried to emphasise the importance of it beforehand, but in the end we were slow to get going and the result of that was being three goals down at half-time and very up against it.

“We showed some good fight to get a goal back and were better in the second-half, and to the lads’ credit they didn’t give up at any point, but the quality wasn’t there and that’s hard to take in a derby match.”

This weekend’s clash with North Ferriby will provide what on paper looks a tough encounter, but Shaw says the Badgers fear nobody.

He added: “We’re not scared by anyone we face at the moment, especially at home.

“Coronation Park is our battleground and any teams who come here thinking we’re going to be rolled over easily will be very much mistaken.

“We’ll have to make one or two changes to cater for North Ferriby’s threats and I’ll be including myself in the team on Saturday to help give us a bit more strength in the back four, but whoever plays will give everything again.”

That match will then be followed by a trip to Grantham Town on New Year’s Day.

The Gingerbreads are also struggling for points despite the recent arrival of joint-managers Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson, a duo Shaw is familiar with .

He added: “I know Gary and Ian well and it would be great to get one over on them, especially as depending on what happens on Saturday we could still be seeking our first wins.

“Despite what happened against Ilkeston we’re generally continuing to look more solid and people have told me they’re enjoying the football we’re playing, so I still firmly believe that first win is not far away.”