GRESLEY hope to solve a striker shortage before tonight’s trip to Chasetown, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Moatmen’s woeful home form in the early stages of the Evo-Stik NPL Division One South season continued on Saturday as a contentious 93rd-minute penalty saw them beaten by Loughborough Dynamo at the Moat Ground.
And to rub salt into the wound, manager Martin Rowe ended the day with question marks over the availability of Dean Oliver and Royce Turville after the former pulled out of the match before kick-off through illness and the latter was substituted at half-time with a knee injury which will require a scan.
With Jordan Nadat injured and possibly facing disciplinary action for his part in a spat with fans, and Richard Hanslow having been allowed to leave the club, Rowe’s options are limited and the Moat boss admitted they were looking to bring someone in.
“We are short of attackers at the moment,” he said.
“We’ll have to see what is available and make a few phone calls – I’m sure we’ll get someone in or promote someone from the youth team.
“It’s a shame because Royce Turville was getting back to his old self.
“Last week he played well and he was playing well again today.
“It’s just unfortunate but it seems to happen all at the same time.
“We’ve discussed pushing Rob Spencer further up and playing him with Kieran O’Connell.”
Gresley do at least seem to have solved their problems at the back after bringing in Mitch Hanson and Liam Guest last week, with both players featuring against Loughborough.
Mark Strzyzewski limped out of the action in the first half with a dead leg but could play tonight.
Skipper Jamie Barrett may also return, while John Guy has impressed in a new role at centre-half.
“It looks like we’ve got two good defenders in,” said Rowe of Hanson and Guest.
“I think Mitch Hanson has done well, he came in and straight away looked like he’d been playing for us for years. He’s just lacking a bit of fitness at the moment.
“Liam Guest has done extremely well after being chucked in when Marc Strzyzewski had to come off and I was very impressed.
“I wouldn’t be afraid to put Liam and John Guy in defence.
“John had another good game and it was as if he’d been playing in that position all season, he looked very comfortable.
“We’ll have to see how Jamie Barrett is and Strez looks only 50-50 for Tuesday.”
Gary Hateley is back from working abroad but will be given a few games to get fit, with Ross Etheridge continuing to deputise, while Marc Goodfellow should return to the squad.
GRESLEY FROM: Etheridge, Hanson, Harrison, Strzyzewski, Guest, Guy, Graves, Lyons, Holmes, Jepson, Oliver, Fitzhugh, Spencer, O’Connell, Grice, Roome, Goodfellow, Barrett, Hateley.