Eastwood boss Paul Macfarland was full of praise for his team after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with leaders Mickleover Royals - and laid down a challenge in the final stages of the season.
The point lifted Eastwood off the bottom of the Central Midlands League table, just three weeks after they beat second-placed Bulwell 4-2.
And MacFarland was delighted with the result.
He said: “It was a great point really because these are a decent outfit.
“We played well and kept a good shape. We had two big lads up front in Kye Hall and Lee Bull who were missed last week and it was good to have them back in the side. The midfield played really well, so did the defence.
“This point has lifted us off the bottom where we’ve been all season. It’s a great feeling and they’ve earned it. Everybody to a man has done really well, even the keeper made a great save in the last few minutes to keep us in it.
“I think we could have even nicked it as we had a few of our own chances later on.”
MacFarland is now keen to see his side’s form continue to improve with only nine league games left this season.
He added: “I’ve said to the lads that there’s a target. There’s nine games left and it would be nice to get 15 points out of them. We’ve not got 15 points all season, so it’s a big target but it’s an achievable one.”
“We’ve got Southwell to play twice and we’ve also got Holbrook and they for us are the games that we really have to win.
“A good end to the season would be to get points out of those, to get clear of the bottom two and do well in the cup.”
Skipper Jack Havron, meanwhile, has paid tribute to MacFarland and the progress made.
He said: “Mac’s building something and it’s going to take time but you can see what we can do with a full strength team.”
“I think Mac deserves a lot of credit for everything he’s done, he’s been fantastic. To say how far we’ve come since the start of the season, he’s the one that’s made that change.”
This Saturday sees Eastwood travel to third from bottom Southwell City before they then go to Blidworth Welfare in the Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night (3rd), with MacFarland adding: “Blidworth beat us 5-0 at the beginning of the season, but they didn’t beat this team of players.”