STEVE Titterton believes that Gresley can take their next step towards Wembley without fear after being drawn away to Brackley Town in the FA Cup second qualifying round yesterday.
The Moatmen’s reward for a 3-2 win over Eastwood Town on Saturday is a trip to St James’ Park in Northamptonshire to face a side top of the Skrill North, two levels above.
“We’re certainly underdogs, which takes the pressure off,” said assistant manager Titterton (pictured). “It’ll be a really difficult game, but we’ll go out there and give it a go, and you never know.”
The match will be played on Saturday, September 28, and Gresley will go to Brackley without Gary Hateley after the goalkeeper and ex-captain left the club at the weekend.
Hateley’s work commitments meant that the club brought in Ross Etheridge on loan from Derby County, and when the former discovered he would have to fight to earn his place back, he decided to seek fresh employment.
Titterton said: “We understand his reasons, but we were a bit disappointed with how quickly he made the decision.
“We thought he might have hung around to see what might happen, but he wants to be number one, not fight for the shirt.
“We’ve agreed with Derby to basically keep Ross for the season, although you have to do the loans in a certain way.”
Hateley issued a frank statement on Gresley’s website, saying that there were other reasons behind his departure: “The reasons for leaving the club are completely personal ones, and are based upon factors away from football, but my decision was cemented by Martin’s (Rowe) decision to extend the deal with Derby to keep Ross for the foreseeable future.
“I am by no way bitter by the decision, and Martin has done what he considers is the best for the team and the club and I sincerely hope Ross continues to perform to the high standard he has been of late, as he is an excellent goalkeeper and an equally likeable lad, who will I’m sure go on and have a great season.”