Shaw left with mixed feelings after Badgers are held twice

Eastwood Town defender Sam Craven (right) challenges in the air against Chasetown on Saturday
Eastwood Town defender Sam Craven (right) challenges in the air against Chasetown on Saturday

Chris Shaw feels it was very much a case of four points dropped as Eastwood Town drew two games in the space of three days, but remains upbeat about the Badgers’ form as a whole.

A 0-0 draw at home to Chasetown was followed by hosts Goole AFC fighting back from two goals down on Tuesday night to earn a point.

And while joint-manager Shaw was disappointed not to have won either game, he says the fact Eastwood have lost just one of their six league matches so far is something he and colleague Nick Hawkins can be proud of.

He said: “On Saturday we fell victim to two terrible decisions by the officials that saw two good goals ruled out.

“I’ve spoken to fans and players on both sides who didn’t think the ball was over the byline when it was crossed for the first one, and who felt Greg Simmons was onside for the second.

“Then, on Tuesday, it was very much a game of two halves as we were excellent in the first-half but Goole then came at us a lot more in the second and got the early goal back and we were left defending heavily for 45 minutes, and when that happens you’re always likely to concede.

“It was a pity we couldn’t hang on but Goole are a very good team who I think will be up there at the end of the season so a draw isn’t a bad result.

“We’re going out to win every game and are getting better every week and gelling as a team.

“The only game we lost was against Scarborough who at the time looked one of the best teams in the division but who have since had a slightly iffy run, so it goes to show anything can happen in this division.”

Attention now turns to the FA Cup once again and a first qualifying round clash at divisional rivals Gresley FC on Saturday.

And Shaw, who was part of the Eastwood side that famously reached the third round proper of the competition in 2009, is under no illusions how important a cup run can be.

He added: “Financially it’s crucial as a good run could make us financially stable for a period of time, depending how far we go.

“Gresley will feel the same and it’s a massive game for both of us, even at this early stage.

“I hope we’ll take a few fans down there with us to create a good atmosphere and that we can continue playing as we have been, because if we do then I firmly believe we can get a result.”