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Gresley Rovers boss misses out on trio of signings

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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GARY Norton has been thwarted in his attempts to strengthen Gresley’s squad after Rob Spencer was ruled out for the season.

The Moatmen have been left short of cover on the right wing after the 26-year-old broke his jaw against Coalville Town on New Year’s Day.

And boss Norton has now been turned down by three players he fancied to come in and cover for Spencer.

“Two of them wanted too much money,” he told Mailsport. “And the other thought about it but then signed an improved deal with his current club.

“At the moment we’re still good for numbers but we could do with another out and out right winger.”

Gresley drew 2-2 at Northwich Victoria last week before Tuesday night’s Coalville Charity Cup tie with Ashby Ivanhoe was postponed because of the snow.

It looks likely that the Moatmen will be denied the chance of building on a decent point against Northwhich when they face Lincoln United tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

Forecast snow could put paid to much of the non-league football programme tomorrow – and Norton was hopeful of getting some revenge on struggling Lincoln for the 5-2 spanking they gave Gresley back in October.

The result has given the Moat boss nightmares and three points at the Moat Ground would go some way towards exorcising the ghosts.

“We were in the middle of a fairly decent run in the league and had just beaten Belper in midweek,” said Norton. “I still have nightmare about what happened there when we played them. They were bottom at the time.

“Let’s hope if we play we can put that one to rest.”

Gresley will have Michael Nottingham available again after suspension, while Jordan Nadat’s three-game ban for a sending-off has not yet started.

Norton missed the 21-year-old’s moment of petulance against Northwich but has backed the striker to learn from the incident.

“He apologised to the lads,” said the Moat chief. “Fair play to him. He didn’t try to justify it – it was an innocuous little stamp that didn’t cause any injury.

“He’s been brilliant since coming back to the club. This was just a little blot. He’ll learn from it.”

Gresley have suffered a rash of red cards recently, with Nadat, Nottingham, James Jepson and Matt Roome all taking early baths.

It is something that Norton is keen to stamp out as Gresley chase a play-off place in Evo-Stik NPL Division One South.

“Some of them were harsh, but others weren’t,” said the Moat boss. “We need to be disciplined and not give officials any excuse to send us off.”

GRESLEY FROM: Hateley, Roome, Nottingham, Barrett, Gough, Jepson, Holmes, Rathbone, Nadat, Massingham, Hanslow, Walker, Strzyzewski, Woods, Lyons, Goodfellow, Turville.

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