08:00 Tuesday 31 December 2013

Martin Rowe keen to extend Mats Morch's Gresley loan deal

Written byDAVID BROOME AND MATT DAVIES

GRESLEY are hoping to wrap up a deal to keep goalkeeper Mats Morch at the Moat Ground until April.

The highly-rated Derby County youngster has been with the Moatmen since the end of November, following the return of fellow Ram Ross Etheridge to Pride Park.

Gresley travel to Bedworth United tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, with boss Martin Rowe hoping the Norwegian custodian will be between the sticks once again.

“Regarding the goalkeeping situation, we are in talks with Derby County that are ongoing,” he said.

“But it looks like Mats Morch will likely be with us now until April.

“There is just a bit of paperwork to 
be completed.”

Rowe also admitted he possibly should have listened to his instincts and rested players for Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Market Drayton Town.

Gresley were pegged back late on by a controversial goal, and the Moat boss admitted some of his players looked as though they were still suffering from the Boxing Day clash with fierce rivals Coalville Town.

“I didn’t think we were quite on it,” said Rowe.

“Maybe the Coalville game took a bit out of us.

“I did think about resting players but I asked all the players whether anyone needed a rest but to be fair they all wanted to keep playing.

“But we looked a bit tired today but we kept going.”

Meanwhile, Bedworth boss Stuart Storer says his side have a long way to go after back-to-back wins helped them in their battle against relegation.

He said: “The lads have really responded to what I’m looking for from them.

“It’s a good start but there is a long way to go.

“It’s way too early to start looking up the table.

“It’s a marathon not a sprint. I’ve got to keep expectation levels in check.

“At the moment I just want the players to play with a smile on their face and keep working hard.

“They are good players, they were just lacking in discipline and confidence when I arrived.

“The lads I’ve signed know how I operate and the lads that were here before are starting to learn that.”

Former Moat Ground hero David Blenkinsopp (hamstring) is out.

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