GRESLEY manager Martin Rowe rated Tuesday night’s 5-2 defeat of Chasetown as ‘one of the best displays this season’.
The Moatmen trebled their First Division South goal tally after a Jordan Nadat brace and strikes from Rob Spencer, Kieran O’Connell and Paolo Piliero.
“Some of the football we played on a very heavy pitch – absolutely brilliant at times,” said Rowe.
“We have kept going for the full 90 and it was a real good game as well.”
Rowe was also buoyed by goals from both his strikers.
He said: “For the first time this year Kieran and Jordan Nadat finally started the click together and we’ve seen what we’ve got from it – they both played well.”
The Gresley boss made two changes to the side which lost at Rainworth on Saturday, giving starts to Hayden Johns and Piliero.
Gresley got off to a flyer after the opener arrived with just eight minutes on the clock. Spencer made a run down the left, beating visiting keeper Ryan Price to the ball.
He then picked out Nadat who finished well. But unlike Saturday’s defeat away to Rainworth Miners Welfare, the Moatmen held on to their advantage – and added a second just before the interval.
Midway through the half Jack Langston attempted a lob after spotting the Chasetown keeper off his line, but his effort narrowly cleared the bar.
The first clear chance for the Scholars came just after the half hour mark.
Nick Wellecome made his way to the near post before hitting a stinging low shot which Gresley keeper Ross Etheridge did well to block.
The hosts doubled their advantage when Spencer got his head to a cross on 45 minutes – with a Chasetown defender helping the ball into the net.
Gresley came racing out of the blocks after the break, catching the Scholars cold.
A woeful attempted backpass was seized upon by O’Connell, who raced forward before slipping the ball into the far bottom corner.
Chasetown pulled one back when Jamie Barrett brought Wellecome down inside the area.
Simon Brown made no mistake, blasting home his spot-kick.
The goal spurred Gresley on and three minutes later the Moatmen restored their three-goal cushion.
O’Connell made another good run down the left before finding Nadat, and the striker side-footed a shot past price at his near post.
Gresley looked capable of scoring every time they pressed forward, and were rewarded for their persistence down the left when Piliero slammed his shot beyond Price.
Chasetown managed to chalk off another goal with 12 minutes remaining.
Paul Sullivan made the most of a slip by Johns down the left and then beating Etheridge with his shot, but in the end it was a comfortable and fully deserved win for the Moatmen – and a welcome confidence boost for Saturday’s FA Trophy clash at Trafford.
GOALS: Nadat 8, 59, Spencer 45, O’Connell 49, Piliero 66 (Gresley); Brown 56 pen, Sullivan 78 (Scholars).
MOATMEN: Etheridge, Johns, Guy, Guest, Barrett (capt), Graves, O’Connell (Oliver 79), Langston (Grice 75), Nadat, Spencer, Piliero (Withers 88). Subs not used: Harrison, Goodfellow.
SCHOLARS: Price, Forde, Keenan, Slater (capt), Farmer, Beckett, Brown, Butler, Wellecome (Jephcott 75), Sullivan, Robinson (Bannister 62). Subs not used: Askey, Watson, Whielden.
REFEREE: Sam Mulhall (Northwich).
BOOKINGS: Guest, Langston (Gresley); Brown (Scholars)
GRESLEY STAR MAN: Kieran O’Connell – worked hard at both ends of the pitch.