GRESLEY are today hoping to tie up a loan deal for a goalkeeper from Derby County to cope with the continued absences of Gary Hateley.
Hateley was between the sticks for the Moatmen’s 3-1 opening day defeat to local rivals Mickleover Sports, but is now missing again with work commitments.
Manager Martin Rowe said: “The goalkeeper situation does concern us.
“I had a word with Gaz and he assured me that things were going to change and though this latest trip has come up, I’m sure it will be okay after this one.
“We are just waiting for the paperwork to go through for a goalkeeper from Derby County on a one month loan.
“He’s quite a good player, 21 years old and a first year pro at Derby.”
Gresley’s day was made worse by red cards for Danny Holmes and Marc Strzyzewski, and while Rowe did not dispute the dismissals, he bemoaned the loss of Matt Roome early on, as the defender had to be substituted after a blow to the face that went unpunished.
“It was quite a nasty injury – he’s lost several teeth and it’s not very nice,” said Rowe.
“Then we lost Marc Goodfellow just before half-time and we didn’t really recover from that.
“We came out for the second half and I thought we looked fine, created chances again but it just didn’t go our way.
“It was very disappointing. I thought we started quite well and created the better chances but as they say in football, if you don’t take your chances it will always catch you out in the end and that’s what happened to us today.”