Hayward stays positive as Badgers rebuild team yet again

Gary Hayward says he is working hard to improve things on the pitch at Eastwood Town - as matters off it are also addressed in order to keep the club in business.

The Badgers are due in the High Court next Monday to answer a winding up order from HM Revenue and Customs, but Hayward expects the case will either be quashed or adjourned given the relevant paperwork has now been produced which club officials believe will prove its innocence.

On the playing side, Eastwood lost 3-1 at home to Belper Town last Saturday, but the display in that game gave Hayward cause for optimism.

He said: “It was similar story really in that we were playing well, created good chances, then conceded two poor goals and made it hard for ourselves.

“There were lots of positives though and bearing in mind we’ve had to rebuild half the squad again it’s going to take time to get it absolutely right.”

Hayward was speaking before Wednesday night’s Doodson Sport Cup trip to Gresley, put back two days after the original tie was called off on Monday night.

He added: “I think we need to get ourselves in front in matches because our effort and ability is there, we just need our luck to turn.”

Hayward says he expects to sign two players on loan from Lincoln City before the weekend visit to Sutton Coldfield Town, with midfielder Anthony Gregory also returning to the club.

Said Hayward: “I’m desperately looking around for players, defenders in particular, but we can’t afford some of the money being asked.

“I’ve been able to use some contacts to get some favours in like the lads from Lincoln City, and I hope we’ll have a settled side soon.”

Hayward also encouraged those fans unhappy with the way things are being run at Coronation Park to come out and help the club get back on its feet.

Vice-chairman Steve Peat left Eastwood Town last week but Hayward said: “Lots of people have lots to say but rather than being critical, we need everyone in the community to get behind us and help.

“We’ve events coming up, the pitch, which isn’t in a great state, will be mowed in the next few days, and we’re working hard to bring sponsorship in which will aid the budget.

“We’re meeting with the council next week to discuss paying off the debts and things will work out for us if we can all pull together and do our bit.”