09:28 Friday 21 February 2014

Gresley v Goole: Match preview

Written byDAVID BROOME

SEASON'S BEST . . . Gresley manager Martin Rowe rated Marc Goodfellow's opener against Ilkeston as the goal of the season SEASON'S BEST . . . Gresley manager Martin Rowe rated Marc Goodfellow's opener against Ilkeston as the goal of the season

MARTIN Rowe has called for more consistency as his Gresley side look to extend their unbeaten home record to 14 games tomorrow against Goole, writes DAVID BROOME.

Rowe’s outfit have not lost at the Moat Ground since the FA Cup second round qualifying replay against Brackley Town on October 1, and not in the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South since the start of September.

However, they have lost their last seven away games in all competitions, meaning they have been unable to put together a decent run since November, when they went eight games without defeat.

“We’re not consistent enough,” said Rowe.

“We have a habit of winning a game and then losing a game.

“I’ve said to the lads that it’s important we get out of that and just get a run together.”

The Moatmen should have every confidence of beating a Goole side who they saw off 3-1 up at the Victoria Pleasure Grounds.

“It was quite a comfortable win,” said Rowe.

“But they’ve got a new manager and a new team since then, so it will be a different game.

“But our home form is good.”

After a good win against Rainworth Miners Welfare at the Moat Ground on Saturday, Gresley were then beaten 4-3 at Loughborough Dynamo on Tuesday night.

Trailing 3-1 at the break, they twice got to within a goal of their hosts, but could not get the vital equaliser despite a strong second half performance.

“Tuesday night was very disappointing – we just weren’t at the races,” said Rowe.

“We changed a few things in the second half, and were the better side.

“The lads kept coming back, which shows character, and we were very close to getting a draw or even the win.”

Two of the players brought on in the second half could be in line for a start tomorrow.

Forward Kieran O’Connell is almost certain to start after impressing off the bench, possibly in place of Paolo Piliero, while midfielder Jack Langston is also in contention.

“Jack has got to get a bit fitter,” said Rowe. “He missed quite a few games due to his skiing holiday and the postponements.

“When he’s on the ball, there is no problem, it’s his tracking back and winning 50-50s that he needs to work on.

“He has got about 45 minutes in him, so he will probably start on the bench.”

Fellow midfielder Eric Graves was taken off on Tuesday night with a calf problem, but Rowe admitted that was just precautionary, and he could feature this weekend, or his central berth could be filled by Danny Holmes, who is also available again.

At the back, Liam Guest (ankle) is rated 50-50, so John Guy could continue at centre-half.

Royce Turville missed the last game with a virus, but Gresley are hoping their talismanic striker will be able to take a place on the bench.

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