GRESLEY’S first two games of the new season may both have ended in defeat, but manager Martin Rowe was much happier with the second, and hopes to take the positives from that into this weekend’s clash.
The Moatmen make the long trip to Scarborough Athletic tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, looking for their first points of the campaign after a 3-1 home defeat to Mickleover Sports on the opening day was followed by Tuesday night’s 1-0 reverse at Newcastle Town.
“Saturday’s result was very disappointing as we expected to get something out of the game,” said Rowe. “Defensively, we should have been stronger but we learned a big lesson.
“We changed it against Newcastle to be a bit more defensive away from home, and we were happier, despite losing to a silly goal.”
Scarborough – a Football League side in their previous incarnation – have yet to lose this season and Rowe said: “It’s going to be a big game.
“Scarborough are a good side and one of the favourites to go up – all our reports say they are a strong, physical side.”
Rowe will be unable to call on either Marc Goodfellow or Matt Roome after they picked up injuries against Mickleover, while Danny Holmes – who filled in at right-back on Tuesday – is unavailable and Jordan Nadat (back) is out.
Lucas Harrison should stay at left-back after impressing, while Hayden Johns replaces Holmes after the New Zealander gained international clearance.
Rowe knows the team needs to improve at the back, but said: “The players who are available aren’t defenders.”
GRESLEY FROM: Etheridge, Harrison, Johns, Strzyzewski, Barrett, Graves, Lyons, Jepson, Oliver, Spencer, Guy, Hanslow, Turville, Grice, Withers.