06:00 Friday 14 February 2014

Moatmen hope season is extended after call-offs

Written byDAVID BROOME

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GRESLEY boss Martin Rowe is hoping the Evo-Stik League will extend this season to allow clubs to fit in all their games.

The Moatmen’s last three matches have been postponed due to the wet weather and still have 18 First Division South fixtures left to play.

“I’m expecting the league to extend the season by a week or so, because everyone is so far behind,” said Rowe.

Gresley’s final game is currently scheduled for Saturday, April 26.

Tomorrow’s home clash with Rainworth Miners Welfare, kick-off 3pm, is also in doubt.

“The ground staff and supporters were helping to get rid of the water on the pitch early in the week,” said Rowe.

“But then we had that downpour on Wednesday night and we’re back to square one.

“It’s not looking too good for this weekend unless we have two days of dry weather.

“If the pitch was a bit newer, then the water might drain away, but because the Moat Ground is so old, it’s got nowhere to go.

“It’s been very frustrating and the players are getting fed up of playing five-a-side.

“We’ve got a midweek game next week at Loughborough and their pitch is fairly good, so we should at least get a game then, even if we don’t play tomorrow.

“We’re trying to keep the lads as fit as possible and at least our houses aren’t being flooded in South Derbyshire – people have been quite lucky here.”

Rowe should have a fully fit squad to pick from after Mitch Hanson (above) recovered from a knee injury.

He said: “Rainworth are a very direct team.

“We lost 3-2 at their place earlier in the season.

“It was a game we shouldn’t have lost but we didn’t deal with the high balls.

“We are expecting them to be direct again, but we think we have improved in that respect and we’ll change how we normally play to combat their aerial threat.

“If we do that I’m confident we can win the game.

“We’ve got stronger and bigger player and they can cope with that.”

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