Vauxhall drive nail into Badgers’ coffin

Mitch Hanson scored Eastwood's second goal.
Mitch Hanson scored Eastwood's second goal.

EASTWOOD put in another disappointing display as they fell to defeat at home to Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday.

Blue Square Bet North


David Haggerty 14

Mitch Hanson 80


Kevin Holsgrove 24, 30

Josh Wilson 28, 54

by Mark Duffy

THE vultures began circling Coronation Park in even greater numbers after another doom and gloom display from Eastwood on Tuesday night, as a Vauxhall side that wasn’t all that impressive either still managed to put four past the basement side.

It meant a second defeat in three days against another side the Badgers would have wanted to catch if they had any hope of survival, now surely extinguished after another bad night at the office.

Mitch Hanson for Eastwood and Kevin Holsgrove for Vauxhall both had early openings go close, before on 13 minutes Holsgrove was the creator of a chance which really should have given Motors the lead.

His run and cross was met by Dan Parkinson unmarked six yards out but somehow he missed his kick and the ball went away from goal rather than into it.

And they were made to pay just a minute later as Eastwood took the lead. Hanson was fouled on the right-wing byline, and when Paul Riley swung in the free-kick, David Haggerty had a free header from five yards out which he planted into the net.

Gregg Simmons then twice found the arms of keeper Scott Tynan with straightforward efforts before Parkinson was inches wide from an acute angle after good work from Craig Mahon.

But the equaliser was to come on 24 minutes and it was slightly fortunate, as Holsgrove cut in from the right before putting a ball into the penalty area that evaded Parkinson, Josh Wilson and then keeper Sam Andrew before finding the corner of the net.

And a similar occurrence was to put the Badgers behind four minutes later, as this time Wilson put in a terrible cross from the right but the consolation prize was that it found the corner of the net again.

It was then 3-1 in the space of six crazy minutes that summed up Eastwood’s season, as within 90 seconds of Wilson’s goal, Holsgrove broke through after a good move and finished off the inside of the post to cap a remarkable turnaround.

Jevaise Christie headed Riley’s cross wide on 40 minutes as Eastwood sought a route back into the game, but it remained 3-1 at the break.

It took just eight minutes of the second-half for Vauxhall to score again and it was an Eastwood mistake that led to the goal.

Gavin Caines gave the ball away coming out of defence and Parkinson ran on unapposed before squaring to an unmarked Wilson who found an empty net from three yards out.

Holsgrove then blasted wide in a good position, while at the other end Danny Elliott’s well struck effort was straight at Tynan from 25 yards.

A final whimper in the throes of death came with ten minutes left as The Badgers pulled one back.

Simmons was pulled down just outside the box, and Hanson floated a fine free-kick into the top corner to give them a lifeline.

Hanson then hit the bar with a header in injury-time following Riley’s corner and Bradley Munn had an effort blocked on the line, but it wasn’t to be and defeat number 21 of the season was secured.

Eastwood: 1 Sam Andrew 2 Markel Bailey 3 Paul Riley 4 Danny Elliott 5 Gavin Caines 6 David Haggerty 7 Alex Troke (Bradley Munn 54) 8 Mitch Hanson 9 Jevaise Christie (Kallum Keane 71) 10 Francis Green 11 Gregg Simmons Subs not used: Ashley Noble, Josh Raven

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