Wood boss delighted with win over rivals

Eastwood captain Jack Havron (right) challenges for possession at Hucknall Town. Photo by Dan Westwell.
Eastwood captain Jack Havron (right) challenges for possession at Hucknall Town. Photo by Dan Westwell.

Manager Paul MacFarland revelled in resurgent Eastwood Community FC’s latest win this week as the Coronation Park side continued their impressive on-pitch progress.

The 1-0 success at Hucknall Town on Saturday was the third victory of the season for ‘Wood’ - all of them having occurred in the last six weeks.

And with Hucknall, like first victims Bulwell, being at the upper end of the Central Midlands League table, MacFarland is delighted to see his side competing so well with the stronger sides.

He said: “We worked really hard and there wasn’t much between the two sides - you couldn’t tell which of the teams was near the top.

“We didn’t play that well but we’re proving hard to beat at last. Kye Hall had the worst game he’s had up front since joining us but still played a vital part in setting up the winning goal.

“The whole back four played well and although our midfield tended to over elaborate at times and gave the ball away too much, their work ethic was excellent.”

Eastwood have a rare free weekend coming up but are back in action at Coronation Park next Wednesday night (25th) when Harrowby Saints are the visitors.

Saints are fourth from bottom and next on Eastwood’s radar in terms of climbing up the table.

MacFarland said: “A few weeks ago we couldonly have dreamed about being as close to Harrowby as we are now so it shows how well we’re progressing.

“The squad has good depth now and we can change things around if we need to for any reason but those with the shirts now are in good form.”

Defender Jordan Leeming, meanwhile, endorsed his manager’s belief that things are looking up.

He told the club’s official website: “I’d say we’re more organised now and have more shape.

“We had lots of players coming in and out at the start but we’ve now got a team unit and we’re all mates who go out together too which is a big thing.

“You look at the ground, you look at the fans. Eastwood is going to be a massive club.”