06:06 Tuesday 18 February 2014

Rowe hopes Gresley get some better luck

Written byTOM SLOAN

MARTIN Rowe hopes it is third time lucky for his Gresley side as they visit Loughborough Dynamo tonight.

The Moatmen have outplayed Dynamo twice this season.

But they lost 1-0 to them at the Moat Ground in a league meeting in September before sinking 3-2 away in a league cup tie last month.

Now, they again visit the Nanpantan Sports Ground, kick-off 7.45pm, looking to build on the 1-0 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday.

“Do we owe them!” said Rowe. “We’ve played them twice and bossed the games without getting anything out of them.”

Gresley’s win on Saturday came in their first game since January 28 – and Rowe was pleased with what he saw.

“We played well,” he said. “Overall, the good thing was we kept a clean sheet.

“I said to them after the game that it’s not about winning one match, it’s about a series of wins.

“We’ve got to put a run together if we want to climb the league table.

“But Saturday was a solid performance against a very route one team.

“They’re very direct, so we changed our team and put Liam Guest in there at centre-half, with John Guy at left-back.

“Lucas Harrison was very unfortunate to miss out, but we needed to get the big lads in there.”

The last time Gresley beat one of the top sides in Evo-Stik NPL Division One South – Leek, 4-1 on January 25 – they had a disastrous defeat in the following midweek, 4-1 at Belper Town.

Rowe is keen to avoid a repeat tonight.

“If we defend as well as we did on Saturday we’ll have a good chance,” said the manager.

“We’ll go there looking to get another three points.

“I think in the Belper game we didn’t defend the set pieces well enough.

“The back four and (goalkeeper) Mats Morch didn’t have the best of games.

“But they’ve come back strongly.”

Morch, 20, on loan from Derby County, has impressed Rowe with his reaction to shipping four at Belper.

“I told Mats I wanted him to come and get the high balls,” he said. “He was very strong on Saturday and that’s how he’s been for us, the one blip against Belper aside.

“It’s been a bit of a culture shock for him coming to Gresley.

“They’re in a bit of a cocoon at Moor Farm and Pride Park – it’s nice, very nice.

“They come to a rough pitch like ours at little old Gresley and it’s a great learning curve for them – it makes them appreciate things more.”

Striker Royce Turville (virus) will have a late fitness test, while Rowe will ponder a couple of changes to freshen his team up.

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

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