It's not all 'doom and gloom' at Eastwood Town
THE spirit in the Eastwood Town camp is still high in the camp, according to midfielder Paolo Piliero.
This is despite the fact the Badgers have not won an Evo-Stik Premier Division match in their last 22 attempts and passed the 100-goals conceded marker in their 5-1 loss to FC Fylde last weekend.
Having won three and drawn three times this season from their 33 games, Eastwood's task of avoiding the drop looks a tough one – sitting bottom, nine points behind the nearest team in second-bottom Stocksbridge Park Steels.
But Piliero, who has played all across the midfield during his first season with Eastwood, says the squad are still conduting themselves with professionalism.
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"The club has been going through some tough times, but we are just trying to take it each game at a time," the 25-year-old told the Post.
"In training everyone is still professional and Chris Shaw has done a great job as a manager since coming in.
"He has some experienced coaches around him. There's no point screaming and shouting at the players when you're down and he knows that and so the spirit is still high.
"It's obviously been tough with the amount of players who have come and gone, getting any continuity has not been easy for Shawy.
"But we will carry on fighting until the end of the season and give it our best shot."
The Badgers travel to Stafford Rangers tomorrow, looking for a first win since October.
They came close against Rangers at the start of December when leading 2-1, only to concede a late goal and have to settle for a point.
"Stafford are in mid-table and when we played them earlier in the season we went close to beating them, only to concede a penalty in the last minute," added Piliero.
"We know we can get the right result, it's about doing the right things and being professional, as well as getting that bit of luck – which is hard as when you're down at the bottom like we are, it's like playing against 12 players each week."
The club are heading for their second relegation in as many seasons, following their drop from the Blue Square Bet North, but Piliero says he sees reason for optimism at the club.
He said: "I came to the club in pre-season and I would like to stay next season.
"I know they have had financial trouble, but the people behind the scenes are working hard to help rebuild the team for next year so that they can be successful in the league below if they go down.
"There is talk of an academy and sponsorship opportunities so it is not all doom and gloom."