Published: 14/12/2012 08:28

Gresley swoop in bid to get back on track

Written byTom Sloan

GRESLEY visit Chasetown tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, looking to end a run of back-to-back defeats in Evo-Stik NPL Division One South.

Gresley FCThe Moatmen have lost their last two matches and visit mid-table Chasetown looking for a win to stay in the league’s top five.

They have signed talented 22-year-old midfielder Dean Rathbone from Sutton Coldfield Town to bolster their squad.

The former Atherstone Town and Bedworth United man could start tomorrow in the absence of the suspended James Jepson and injured Mickey Lyons.

Assistant manager Steve Titterton said: “Chasetown are a big club who got attention for their runs in the FA Cup.

“They’ve come down from the Evo-Stik Premier with one or two financial issues and the loss of one or two of their leading players.

“They had a bit of a bad start but have picked up recently, although they lost 4-0 last week. We’ll be going there looking for the win and three points.

“It’s a must-win game to keep us in the top five and in a play-off position.”

Gresley lost 2-0 at home to Carlton Town last week, following up their disappointing 4-2 defeat to Brigg Town.

“It was disappointing, especially for how we lost the game,” said Titterton. “Both goals came from individual mistakes and conceding a penalty in the first minute put our backs up against the wall straight away.

“If we could have scored in the second half and got it to 2-1, I’m sure we would’ve gone on to get something from the game.”

It was a revenge mission for Carlton, who lost 1-0 at home to the Moatmen in the second match of the season — despite battering Gresley for most of the 90 minutes.

“Away from home early in the season we scored and then put five in midfield and had our backs to the wall,” said Titterton.

“This time it was a bit different.

“Second half, we tried to push forward to try to get back in the game.

“We need to cut the individual mistakes out.”

Gresley will have to reshuffle their pack tomorrow in the absence of Jepson, Lyons and the unavailable Jordi Gough.

However, the experienced Jamie Barrett returns to ease their defensive headache.

Lyons misses tomorrow’s match after suffering a gashed foot in the defeat to Carlton Town. His five stitches come out early next week.

Danny Holmes is available to start, while Gareth Langford is in line to come into midfield.

GRESLEY FROM: Hateley, Roome, Nottingham, Strzyzewski, Walker, Wood, Spencer, Holmes, Langford, Goodfellow, Hanslow, Massingham, Nadat, Turville, Barrett, Rathbone.

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