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Rowe takes full hold of reins at Gresley

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 13, 2013

  • Stewart Raymond Memorial Award presented by Brian Tredwell to Jamie Newbold

  • A bouquet of flowers presented to Mrs Tredwell from her grandson Charlie Tredwell

  • Reserve team top scorer award presented to Ben Minshull by Marc Goodfellow

  • Clubman of the year award presented to Rob Mansfield by Lisa Knight

  • Reserve team clubman of the year award presented to Harry Bourne (right) by Charlie Tredwell

  • Reserve team managers' player of the year presented to Brad Metcalf (right) by Brian Tredwell

  • Marc Goodfellow (second right) gets the goal of the season award presented to him by (l-r) Gary Norton, Steve Titterton and Martin Rowe

  • Gary Norton (left) was presented with a gift to mark his time as manager of the club by Steve Brooks

  • Gordon Duggins award for top goalscorer presented to Marc Goodfellow by Janet Duggins

  • Directors' player of the year presented to Michael Nottingham (right) by Mark Harrison

  • Chairman's player of the year award presented to Rob Spencer (right) by Barry North

  • Supporters' player of the year presented to Jordi Gough (right) by Cllr Pat Murray

  • Players' player of the year presented to Jordi Gough (right) by Lisa Knight of sponsor Rink Print and club captain Gary Hateley

  • Management's player of the year presented to Jamie Barrett (second right) by (l-r) Gary Norton, Martin Rowe and Steve Titterton

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MARTIN Rowe is targeting a play-off place for Gresley after being handed sole charge of the Moat Ground club.

The former assistant manager was widely tipped to be named as Gary Norton’s successor after taking joint charge of the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South club this season.

And with his position now formally ratified, Rowe has set his sights on improving the team’s 11th-place finish.

He told Mail Sport: “It’s a great opportunity for me, and I’m glad I’ve got the job, although I feel I’ve been doing it anyway.

“Since Gary got his new job, (coach) Steve Titterton and I have been looking after things for him a lot of the time.”

After back-to-back promotions under Norton, Gresley stabilised this season, something which Rowe believes is an achievement in itself, contrary to the view of a handful of disgruntled and unrealistic fans.

“We’ve come a long way in a short period of time, and playing-wise we’re ahead of schedule.

“We’ve hardly changed the team this season, and still finished mid-table.

“That might not be good enough for some people, but for the budget we’re on, I think we’re doing fine.

“But for a little wobble around January (when the Moatmen went seven games without a win) we could have been pushing for the play-offs.

“But it wasn’t to be this season.

“However, I think our next move up is going to be a gradual one.

“Our aim is to improve on this season and the target is the play-offs.”

Norton made the decision to leave Gresley this summer following a 10-year spell at the Moat Ground, with Rowe announced as the new boss at Saturday’s award ceremony, which saw Jordi Gough named players’ player of the year for the third year running.

The left-back also picked up the supporters’ player of the year gong for the second consecutive season, and completed a hat-trick of honours by winning the most man-of-the-match awards.

Jamie Barrett took the managers’ player of the year award, with Marc Goodfellow ending the season as top goalscorer, as well as winning the goal of the season accolade for his spectacular strike against Ilkeston in the FA Cup last October.

The reserve team voted for goalkeeper George Woodward as their player of the year, with Brad Metcalf scooping the manager’s award.

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