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Lincoln United v Gresley: Match preview

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

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GRESLEY boss Martin Rowe has told his side to treat every game as a home game ahead of another testing away tie tomorrow.

The Moatmen travel to Lincoln United, kick-off 3pm, looking to end a horrendous run of defeats on the road.

And with his team currently enjoying an extended unbeaten run at the Moat Ground, Rowe has a cunning plan.

He said: “I’ve told the lads we’re playing at home this weekend.

“Every game is at home from now on!

“The lads aren’t happy about not being able to go away and win.”

They started well against high-flying Leek Town on Wednesday night, keeping it 0-0 at half-time, but then conceded twice in the second half.

“We knew they would be after a bit of blood after losing at our place,” said Rowe.

“We set up quite defensively and limited them to only a few shots.

“Mats Morch (pictured) was in good form in goal and we were hoping we could stay level and then have a real go to try to win the game in the closing stages.

“But, unfortunately, we went to sleep at a free kick in the second half and they scored.

“That gave them the impetus to up their game and they stretched us a bit more after that.

“Then, near the end, the keeper made a howler for their second.

“Keepers make mistakes and, to be fair to Mats, the pitch was like a ploughed field.

“In the end, it wasn’t to be.”

Tomorrow, forwards Rob Spencer and Kieran O’Connell are injury doubts.

Spencer was forced off during Wednesday night’s 2-0 defeat with a knee injury, while O’Connell is nursing an Achilles problem.

Dean Withers has been recalled from his loan at Heather St Johns as cover.

Jack Langston (foot) remains sidelined and fellow midfielder Mickey Lyons is unavailable.

However, Royce Turville – who has had a stop-start season due to injury – could make a second consecutive start after playing 60 minutes against Leek.

“Royce should be fine – he got some good pitch time under his belt on Wednesday,” said Rowe.

“He had a bad virus and that is always hard to recover from.”

With Lyons and Langston missing, Jamie Barrett could retain his place in central midfield after impressing in midweek.

“We decided to bring a bit more experience into midfield,” said Rowe.

“Jamie was a bit rusty at first as he hasn’t played there all season, but just having his presence there helped us a lot.”

Rowe believes his side will be better for their experiences next season, although he is not writing off the 2013/14 campaign.

“We’re making too many mistakes and that’s why we are where we are,” he said.

“But it’s all part of the rebuilding process and we’ll be better for it next season, when we’ll be looking to push on a lot more.

“We’re not giving up on this season, though. We’ll be pushing hard to pick up as many points as possible.”

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