Eastwood skipper Jack Havron made history as the club’s first ever hat-trick hero in a 4-1 thrashing of fellow strugglers Southwell City on Saturday.
Boss Paul MacFarland had a glut of attacking choices at his disposal thanks to the return of strikers Kye Hall and Jerome O’Connor. Kione Gordon was picked ahead of first team regular Lee Bull, an indication of the recent competition for places.
Eastwood came flying out of the blocks and some early pressure resulted in the visitors giving away a penalty in the third minute.
Up stepped central defender Havron to net the opener with his third penalty of the season.
Ten minutes later O’Connor was on hand to double Wood’s lead with a fine finish that came from out of nowhere, his second goal in two league games.
Southwell began to fight back but it was Hall who was next to threaten, only to be tackled en route to goal.
Eastwood eased off the accelerator towards the end of the first half and allowed Southwell the better of the last ten minutes. They were punished when an uncharacteristic fumble by the usually reliable Andy Fretwell was somehow squeezed into the net from a tight angle.
Fretwell soon made up for it with a fantastic save from a good effort that made sure the hosts went in a goal up at the break.
The confidence had shifted in the second-half and Fretwell was called upon again to parry another dangerous effort that could have levelled the game.
Ten minutes later Eastwood got a hold of the game again when, from a corner, Havron took advantage of a bouncing ball that Southwell failed to clear with a smart finish.
The game was effectively finished in the 69th minute when Southwell conceded another penalty. Havron did the honours again although had two attempts - his first saved but on being ordered to re-take by the referee, Havron this time made no mistake.
Fretwell made two more good late saves, but Eastwood had recorded an efficient win in which they made the most of their chances and gave their growing attendance numbers something to sing about.