GRESLEY star man Marc Goodfellow has received a glowing report from first-team coach Steve Titterton.
The 31-year-old has been a fringe player of late at the Moat Ground — despite being a Conference winner with Burton Albion who has more than 100 Football League appearances to his name.
Titterton says the talented wide-man has been professionalism personified at the club.
“He’s as professional as you would expect from Marc with all his experience,” said the coach. “He understands with the loss of Rob Spencer with his work rate that we need other players in the starting line-up.
“Marc’s a luxury player — a fantastic footballer — and it worked well with him and Rob in the side.
“Rob does that extra bit of work to cover for him and we’re tending to put a couple of workers in there.”
Despite falling to the fringes, Goodfellow is still Gresley’s top scorer with 10 goals this season, some of them spectacular strikes.
Gresley visit Belper Town tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, with the hosts looking for revenge for the 1-0 defeat they suffered at the Moat earlier in October.
Belper have improved dramatically since and are now fourth in the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South, two places above the Moatmen.
They have signed Ilkeston Town frontman Daryl Thomas and star striker John Froggatt is back fit.
“It was a goalkeeping error which gave us the 1-0 win over Belper,” said Titterton. “There wasn’t very much between the sides apart from that mistake. They’re a different proposition now.
“They suffered a lot of 1-0 defeats earlier in the season and have really picked up since to go fourth.”
Big defender Michael Nottingham is due to return from suspension and could replace either Marc Strzyzewski or Ryan Walker in the back four.
Jordan Nadat is suspended for his red card in the 2-2 draw at Northwich Victoria, meaning either Goodfellow or Royce Turville could get the nod up front or out wide in a revamped formation.
The hard-working Turville has been on the verge of a recall for several weeks and grabbed his first goal of the season at Northwich.
“Royce has been training really hard over the last few weeks,” said Titterton. “He’s always the first one there and the last to leave as well.
“When we trained earlier in the week he was really banging on the door.
“He’s due a start and will be very close to one tomorrow.
GRESLEY FROM: Hateley, Barrett, Strzyzewski, Walker, Gough, Jepson, Holmes, Rathbone, Massingham, Turville, Hanslow, Woods, Betteridge, Lyons, Goodfellow, Nottingham.