MacFarland: Cup final spot would be a great reward

Paul MacFarland
Paul MacFarland

Eastwood CFC boss Paul MacFarland says a place in the CML Floodlit Cup final would be a huge reward for the club after a topsy-turvy first ever season.

‘Wood have picked up since the new year after a tough first few months that saw them struggle to get a settled side and any points on the board.

And now, as the season enters its final stages, they will head to Belper United next Wednesday night to try and earn a place in the Floodlit Cup final, something MacFarland is keen to see happen.

He said: “It’s been a difficult season for many reasons but things have really improved in the last few months.

“We’re competitive in the league and now have a cup semi-final to look forward to which will be a great occasion for us.

“I’ll be aiming to put out the best side I can, which won’t be that easy given we’ve some injuries and a few players unavailable, but we’ll go into the game as underdogs which could play into our hands.

“Hopefully we’ll have a good few fans go over to support us, as has been the case a lot this season, and we can get into the final.”

Eastwood’s last league outing saw them fall to a 2-1 defeat against Blidworth at Coronation Park last Saturday, a 95th minute winner denying MacFarland’s men a point.

“It was a kick in the teeth as I felt there was nothing between the sides and we deserved at least a point,” said the ‘Wood boss.

“We had to have a re-shuffle at half-time due to a couple of injuries which upset the game plan a bit, although the players were familiar with their roles having played in them the week before.

“But we can’t use that as an excuse, it was just a typical end of season game between two sides with not much to play for and one we deserved something from.”

Eastwood included veteran Gary Breach in their side against Blidworth, although the 36-year-old former Eastwood Town man picked up a groin injury and was withdrawn at half-time.

MacFarland added: “I had Breachy here when he was 16 and in the reserves and he’d made himself available to us so it was good to have him in the side, although he’s now out for at least a couple of weeks so we may not see him again this season!”