Eastwood vow to keep on battling to the end
"NEVER write us off" is the message from Chris Shaw, the player-manager of struggling Eastwood Town.
The long-serving Badgers player took charge in November and the club currently sit nine points adrift at the bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Shaw, who has his own building business, has been a player at the club for nine years – aside from short spells with Alfreton, Corby and Hednesford – and has seen many highs and lows at Eastwood in that time.
But despite the club's current predicament, he feels he is capable of bringing success to Eastwood in the not too distant future, regardless of which league that may be in.
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"The last couple of seasons have been difficult, but Eastwood will fight to the end, no matter what," he said.
"I don't want to see the club in this situation – I'm very fond of the club and always want to be involved here and help.
"Even when I have gone elsewhere in the past, I have always ended up coming back.
"I have a good knowledge of non-league football and I'm always out looking at games and get good support from other managers who know me as a player too, so I think we can do well again in the near future."
The Badgers picked up just their second point in the last 16 games against Matlock on Saturday and have failed to win in the league since October.
Ahead of the trip to Buxton this weekend, Shaw admits that although he is working within a strict budget, he is happy to do so to ensure the stability of the club.
"I took over in November with the club rock bottom but we've worked hard and the players and everyone involved have stuck with us," he said.
"Money is tight – the budget is what it is to keep the club going.
"The chairman and the secretary – who works every day for free – are life-long supporters and if it wasn't for them I don't know where we'd be.
"We are already planning for next season and working on one or two things with local businesses and sponsors so hopefully the budget will improve."