MacFarland delighted after unbeaten ‘Wood win again

Paul MacFarland has seen his side unbeaten in six league games so far and they sit third in the CML South table.
Paul MacFarland has seen his side unbeaten in six league games so far and they sit third in the CML South table.

Eastwood CFC continued their unbeaten start to the season with a convincing 4-0 win away at Southwell City on Saturday and manager Paul MacFarland was pleased with what he saw.

Matt Brian and Warren Hatfield added their names to the scoresheet once again, whilst Dave Worger kept up his good form and Kione Gordon opened his account for the season.

And although delighted with what was their second 4-0 victory of the season, MacFarland felt it could have been more emphatic.

He said: “We could and probably should have had eight or ten if we’d have been a bit more clinical up front, and that scoreline wouldn’t have flattered us.

“We picked up where we left off against Matlock and were playing some really good football, passing it around well.

“But after about 25 minutes, we’d still not scored and I think we took our foot off the gas which allowed Southwell back into the game.

“We had to give the lads a kick up the backside and get them back on it again. After that we were getting opportunities every few minutes.

“They had about three good chances, but the lads were getting themselves in the way and made sure they couldn’t make anything of them.

“That’s what you want to see every game, players putting their bodies on the line.”

Brian has become a real fan favourite in the past few weeks and MacFarland is delighted to see him getting among the goals.

“It’s good to see Matt getting goals, he’s got great feet, is a good footballer and very deceptive,” he added.

“He’s a nice lad with a great attitude and the fans are taking to him.”

MacFarland also praised his players for not conceding at set-pieces, a problem which has plagued them in the early stages of the season.

He said: “We’d got to half-time and we hadn’t conceded one set-piece, which is funny really because we’d spent so long working on them in training.

“But for me that was much better. If you don’t give the opposition a chance to score from a set-piece, then they won’t score from one, simple as that.

“I think that was probably because we didn’t have enough pressure put on us in the first-half. That changed in the second-half and we gave them some chances.

“We can’t afford to be doing that in future, especially not this Saturday.”

This weekend sees Eastwood enter the FA Vase for the first time as Harrowby United of the United Counties League visit Coronation Park for a first qualifying round tie.

The Bedfordshire side currently sit 15th in the table having won just one of their five games this season.

Eastwood’s next league action is on September 12 when they visit Blidworth Welfare.