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Gresley v Brigg Town: match preview

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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GRESLEY hope to “put on a show” for a host of new faces and end their season on a high at the Moat Ground tomorrow.

The Moatmen host Brigg Town in the final game of the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South campaign, kick-off 3pm, on what will also be a Community Day for the club, where it is hoped young football fans will come in numbers to cheer on their local team.

And manager Martin Rowe said: “It should be a good game and a great day.

“We’ve got a community day from noon to 2pm, so Saturday should be a busy day.

“We’re trying to get more people in the community involved in the club.

“Hopefully we’ll build a few bridges and get the next generation of Gresley supporters through the turnstile.

“Brigg are still fighting for survival so it’s an important game for them, but it’s an important game for us as well.

“We’ll have a lot of new faces and we got to put on a show.”

On the pitch, Gresley are looking to continue a fine end-of-season run with a win that would see them finish ninth in the league, an improvement of two places on last season.

The Moatmen were beaten last time out at the Moat Ground, but bounced back to win away on Easter Monday.

“I sparked up the changing room after Saturday’s defeat,” said Rowe.

“Everyone played well on Monday and there’s no reason we can’t produce that again.

“We’ve got improve our consistency for next season, which might mean being a little more defensive and not just going out all guns blazing.”

Rowe is targeting promotion to the NPL Premier Division next term, and hopes to retain the majority of this season’s squad.

“We’ve got to push on for the play-offs or maybe even win it next season,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to the majority of players and they’re keen to stay, although Notts County are very interested in Serge Makofo.

“He’s done very well and he’s showing his true ability.

“But he’s training up at Notts and I wouldn’t be surprised if they took him.”

Mark Strzyzewski (ankle) will be missing tomorrow, as will Matt Roome, who has returned to university, but Royce Turville should be available again.

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