GRESLEY boss Martin Rowe hopes his side can take lessons learned in their two recent FA Cup clashes into tomorrow’s league match.
The Moatmen travel to second-placed Carlton Town, kick-off 3pm, looking to build on a two-game winning run in the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South that was interrupted by two games against Brackley Town in the cup.
“We like it when we play the bigger teams,” said Rowe.
“At the moment we’re defending quite well, but that was due to the opposition we were playing.
“We’ll go with a slightly different approach and let a few more players go forward.”
Rowe had been hoping to bring another striker into the team after a recent crisis up front, but the player they had put in seven days’ notice of approach for wanted too much money.
“People still think we’ve got a lot of money, and I don’t know where they get that from,” said Rowe.
“We’re on the same budget we were four years ago.”
Gresley do have something like a new striker available tomorrow, with Jordan Nadat (pictured) ready to start his first game of the season after recovering from injury.
“Jordan has come off the bench in the last couple of games and looked impressive,” said Rowe.
“He is certainly being strongly considered for a start.”
Rob Spencer (hamstring) was rested for Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat at the Moat Ground, and is rated 50/50, but Liam Guest returns after being cup-tied.
Ross Etheridge’s future at the club is in a little doubt after a change of management at parent club Derby County, but Rowe is expecting him to stay.
Danny Holmes, an academy coach with the Rams, should return after being involved with the first team in midweek.
GRESLEY: Etheridge, Hanson (Johns 78), Guy, Strzyzewski, Barrett (capt), Grice, Graves, Jepson (Lyons 70), Oliver (Nadat 61), O’Connell, Goodfellow. Subs not used: Townsend (gk), Withers, H Austin, Harrison.