08:00 Friday 13 December 2013

Gresley v Newcastle Town: Match preview

Written byDAVID BROOME

ROB Spencer could be charged with leading the line for Gresley tomorrow, but boss Martin Rowe admits the club are seeking a long-term solution to their striker shortage, writes DAVID BROOME.

The Moatmen welcome Newcastle Town to the Moat Ground, kick-off 3pm, and may be without an out-and-out striker at their disposal, with Jordan Nadat having left the club, Dean Oliver still on holiday and Royce Turville rated as 50-50 with a back injury.

Spencer was brought to the club as a striker four-and-a-half years ago, and though he has primarily played on the wing, he moved up front in the second half of Tuesday night’s Derbyshire Senior Cup defeat to Ilkeston, and could be asked to perform that role again.

“Rob gives us 110 per cent up front,” said Rowe.

“That’s definitely a very good option for us.

“He did well on Tuesday night, and Royce Turville’s back still isn’t right.

“We are looking for another forward, but we won’t be getting anyone in before the weekend.

“The million-dollar question with Dean Oliver is will his head be right when he gets back from holiday?

“We all know he is good enough but he’s not been the same player since his injury last season.”

One player on Gresley’s radar is former crowd-pleaser David Blenkinsopp, who is currently warming the bench for Evo-Stik NPL Division One South rivals Bedworth United.

“That is an option we’ve talked about,” said Rowe.

“I know he’s had an injury, but I was very impressed with him when he played against us earlier this season.

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“He worked harder than I’ve ever seen him work, maybe because it was against

his former club.”

Rowe was pleased with the reaction of his squad against Ilkeston, as despite losing 1-0, they showed a vast improvement from the disappointing 3-2 defeat to local rivals Mickleover Sports last Saturday, and hopes that playing at home after four games on the road can help his side to victory.

“We should have won the game, and I was disappointed that we weren’t clinical enough,” he said.

“It seems likes ages since we’ve been at home, which has been hard sometimes.”

Skipper Jamie Barrett is unavailable again, so John Guy could step in at centre-half again, with Rowe admitting his disappointment with Marc Strzyzewski, who was sent off against Sports for the second time this season.

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