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Gresley v Halesowen: Match preview

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

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MARTIN Rowe is hoping that Gresley’s improving home form can see them beat the weather and the form book for a second successive game at the Moat Ground tomorrow.

The Moatmen host league leaders Halesowen Town, kick-off 3pm, looking to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat to Belper Town last time out.

That was away from home, but at the Moat, they have seen rapid improvement, with no league defeats since losing their first three games of the season on home soil, culminating in a 4-1 victory of their own against second-placed Leek Town, a game which went ahead despite the weather.

“Our last home game, we did very well,” said Rowe.

“We’re always looking to improve at home, and I think we have done after poor start.

Rowe also admits there will be an element of revenge after suffering a heavy defeat away to Halesowen earlier in the season.

“Last time we played them it was one our worst performances, but then we wnet and beat Ilkeston in the cup next week, which kind of sums up our season,” he said.

“We’re out to avenge that defeat and try and turn things around.

“We’re quietly confident we can get something out of the game – after all, we have just beaten the team second in the league.”

The chances of the game going ahead are slim, with Rowe saying: “The groundstaff say that since a fortnight ago they’ve not been able to get onto the pitch, so they’re just waiting for it to dry out so they can roll it level and mark out the lines.

“But we can’t do much about mother nature.”

Jack Langston is back from holiday and could go straight into midfield, while defenders Mitch Hanson and Liam Guest are in contention, but Danny Holmes is ruled out.

Royce Turville (pictured) should lead the line again after netting twice against Leek in his first league start for a number of months.

“Royce has been hit by injuries,” said Rowe. “But against Leek it was the old Royce Turville back again.

“It was probably a bit soon for him to be playing two games close together against Belper, but he will be in again tomorrow.

“He’s a great guy, and everyone looks up to him.”

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