GRESLEY are hoping to unleash a “goal-scoring striker” tomorrow as they go in search of a first victory in more than a month.
The Moatmen travel to Kidsgrove Athletic, kick-off 3pm, on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Loughborough Dynamo in the Doodson Sports Cup on Tuesday night, a result that followed three postponements and three games without a win over the Christmas period.
Gresley have lost the services of Jordan Nadat and Dean Oliver already this season, with fellow striker Royce Turville still some way from full fitness.
Rob Spencer and Alex Steadman have stepped manfully into the breach, with four goals between them in the last three games, but another option up front is a priority.
“We are very much in the market for a goal-scoring striker,” said coach Wayne Thornhill.
“I’ve spoken to a couple who have taken our fancy.
“One plays at the same standard and has scored a lot of goals.
“I can’t mention his name just at the minute but he’s shown some interest.”
Gresley also find themselves short at right-back, with Matt Roome back at university and Mitch Hanson injured, but skipper Jamie Barrett (pictured) is likely to continue in the role until Hanson returns.
“Left back is decent, but right back – with Matt Roome going back to university – we’ve had to adjust and amend and put Jamie Barrett in there, and he did exceptionally well (against Loughborough).
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“You’ve got to remember that he hasn’t played for a few weeks either. I think I gave him seventy minutes so it was important that he’s got that behind him.
“I spoke to Mitch on Sunday and he’s had some swelling on his knee.
“He’s not available for this weekend’s game and we may have to give him a few more days’ recovery.
“He’s about ready to train and another week and he’ll be back in our plans at right back which we need.”
Former Burton Albion promotion-winner Danny Holmes was back on the bench on Tuesday night and could be in contention to start.
On that cup defeat, Thornhill was philosophical, taking positives from the performance, if not the result.
“We created an awful lot of chances and passed the ball exceptionally well, especially in the first half when we somehow ended up conceding two goals and I don’t know how.
“The lads are extremely disappointed at the score overall but quite happy with how we played.
“Tonight’s game had a different importance to what it had originally.
“If we’d have been playing for the last two weeks there might have been a different team out there giving players just outside the first team squad a few more games.
“However, now we’ve missed two and a half weeks, we ended up playing a really strong team to get us somewhere near in preparation for Saturday.
“Although we are extremely disappointed in the result, the plus was us playing tonight.”
Martin Rowe is back in charge for the trip to Kidsgrove.