09:20 Wednesday 25 December 2013

Gresley v Coalville Town: Match preview

Written byDAVID BROOME

KO . . . Rob Spencer lies prone after the last time Coalville Town visited the Moat Ground KO . . . Rob Spencer lies prone after the last time Coalville Town visited the Moat Ground

MARTIN Rowe is not anticipating any problems in getting his players motivated for the visit of local rivals Coalville Town – and Jordan Nadat – to the Moat Ground on Boxing Day, kick-off 3pm.

Last season, the Ravens flocked to South Derbyshire for a New Year’s Day clash that Gresley lost 2-1, but the game was more memorable for an injury picked up by Rob Spencer which saw him out for the majority of the rest of that season with a fractured jaw.

Also added into the mix of what should be a keenly-contested is the fact that Nadat, whose acrimonious departure from the Moat Ground earlier this month still rankles with Rowe, is likely to line up for visitors.

“It won’t be a problem to pick the lads up for the Coalville game,” said Rowe.

“You’ve only got to mention one word – Coalville – and the lads will be up for that game, as well as the supporters.

“We’ve already got history for what happened to Rob Spencer, and it will also be an interesting game due to Jordan Nadat – who I don’t think will get a very good reception.”

Gresley will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s result, which saw them the victims of a smash-and-grab as Brigg

Town came from a goal down to win 2-1.

That made it three defeats in the last four games for Rowe’s side, but their home record has been fantastic recently, with no defeats in the league there since early September.

“We’re playing well at home, and we’ll take that confidence into the Coaville game,” said Rowe ahead of the visit of the third-placed Ravens.

“We know it’s going to be difficult, but we tend to perform better against the better clubs.

“We’ve just got to get some league wins behind us.”

Marc Strzyzewski is still suspended, but Sam Grice returns from his ban.

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