GRESLEY are targeting another Evo-Stik Premier Division scalp in the FA Trophy this weekend.
The Moatmen saw off Derbyshire rivals Ilkeston in the previous round and are in confident mood following Monday night’s comprehensive 5-2 First Division South victory over Chasetown.
Tomorrow, they take on Trafford at the Moat Ground for a place in the third – and final – qualifying round, plus prize money of £3,250, kick-off 3pm.
“We will be underdogs again this weekend and we’re looking forward to it,” said Gresley boss Martin Rowe.
“We’ll play with freedom because we’ve got nothing to lose.
“We will go out and enjoy ourselves. All the pressure is on them.
“The supporters are fully behind us and, hopefully, we can give them another victory to cheer.
“We know it will be difficult but the lads are picking up a lot of confidence at the moment.”
Newly promoted Trafford slipped into the relegation zone following their 5-0 defeat at home to Chorley in midweek.
Rowe, meanwhile, feels his side – much-changed from last season – is now starting to gel.
“We’ve been playing far better at home of late and I think the players are starting to ‘get’ each other now,” he said.
“I looked at the squad on Monday and there were only five players from last season – and two were on the bench. I didn’t realise I’d changed it that much!
“Results in the second half of last season were not good enough and we knew we had to recruit.
“Sometimes, when you do that, it takes a bit of time for things to settle down – and that’s been the case here.”
Gresley went into the Chasetown game on the back of a 3-2 defeat at Rainworth Miners Welfare last weekend – and proceeded to produce their best display of the season to date.
“We played well at Rainworth but they took their chances and we didn’t take ours,” said Rowe.
“That suddenly put us under a lot of pressure on Monday night but we won it in the right way.
“We played some very good football on a heavy pitch and it was our best performance of the season by far. Everything came right on the night.
“Now it’s up to the players to keep that going.”
New signing Jack Langston has impressed in midfield over the past couple of games but is cup-tied tomorrow, having already played in the competition for Stafford Rangers.
Defender Liam Guest and midfielder Mickey Lyons are also unavailable, while winger Marc Goodfellow (leg) is an injury doubt.
Former Derby County man Mitch Hanson should be fit to return, though, following a hamstring problem.
Rowe has been impressed with the blossoming attacking partnership between Jordan Nadat, who has netted four goals in two games, and Kieran O’Connell.
“I think Jordan struggled fitness-wise earlier in the season but now he’s getting into it,” said the manager.
“Him and Kieran are very different players. Jordan holds the ball up and is all hustle and bustle, while Kieran is more attacking and likes to run at people with the ball.
“They are starting to work well together.”
Rowe has appointed first-team coach Richard Butler as his new assistant following Steve Titterton’s departure to Stapenhill.
Wayne Thornhill, who previously shared coaching duties with Butler, will continue in the role.
“Steve has been absolutely brilliant for me but this was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down,” said Rowe.
“I’m sure he will do a good job at Stapenhill and we wish him all the best.”
GRESLEY are now showing BT Sport in the clubhouse, which will be open from noon for the Trafford game, with a ‘Happy Hour’ until 1.30pm.