05:47 Wednesday 01 January 2014

Martin Rowe seeking Gresley payback

Written byTOM SLOAN

Gresley Rovers v St Neots..Rob Spencer Gresley Rovers v St Neots..Rob Spencer

MARTIN Rowe is looking for his Gresley side to give Bedworth United some payback in today’s fixture at the Oval.

The Moatmen were beaten 2-0 at home by the Warwickshire side early in the season, but have improved since then.

Today, they go looking for an eighth win of the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South campaign following two draws over Christmas.

“Bedworth beat us after we dominated the game at our place,” said Rowe. “It’s typical for us this season, not finishing the chances we get.

“Unfortunately, trying to find a good finisher is fairly expensive these days.

“We’ll keep looking though.”

Gresley are looking at two strikers to help them add to the 32 goals they have scored in 21 league games, but Dean Oliver is unlikely to return to the Moat Ground.

The 26-year-old striker took a break in November but is out of touch with Rowe.

“I’ve not heard from him,” said the manager. “He hasn’t returned my calls.”

Gresley drew 3-3 with Coalville Town on Boxing Day before a 2-2 draw with Market Drayton Town on December 28.

They were robbed in the latter game, with Yannick Makota scoring with a handball to earn Drayton a point.

Rowe is still seething at seeing his side lose two points to what looked a blatant act of cheating.

“I didn’t realise Maradona was still playing the game,” he said. “I was disappointed with it. The manner of drawing the game rather than winning was a blow but I suppose it’s one of those things.

“We’ll just get on with our season.

“Nothing seems to be going for us, but we’ll stick at it.”

Rowe was also happy to see Rob Spencer (pictured above) in action against Coalville after he suffered a broken jaw against the Ravens last season.

“Rob was very anxious about the game,” said the manager. “So it was really nice to see him play and score a goal.

“I told him to just get stuck in and he did well.”

As 2013 draws to a close, the manager is pleased with the state of things at the club as he looks to build a side capable of challenging in the division.

“Overall I’m quite pleased,” said Rowe. “Supporters will never be happy unless we’re riding on the crest of a wave, but we’re rebuilding the squad and it’s a younger team.

“We’ve got to look to next season and keep building.”

Jamie Barrett (dead leg) and John Guy (hip) should be fit to return today, kick-off 3pm, while Spencer will have a late fitness test on a slight hamstring injury.

GRESLEY FROM: Morch, Roome, Guy, Barrett, Hanson, Graves, O’Connell, Langston, Steadman, Spencer, Piliero, Harrison, Guest, Strzyzewski, Grice, Austin, Lyons, Turville.

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