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PREVIEW: Selston FC vs Gresley FC

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Following two weeks without a game, Gresley return to action with a trip to Selston in a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash.

The Moatmen come into this match off the back of an extremely disappointing 1-0 defeat to Haughmond. However, after sealing an important 1-0 win at Lye Town in their last away game, the Moatmen will be confident that they can seal another vital three points on the road.

Saturday’s game will be one that both sides are desperate to take all three points from as they battle against relegation. Currently, Selston sit in the one relegation place in the league after collecting just 11 points from their opening 21 games. A win for the Nottinghamshire outfit would take them off the bottom and within just one point of Gresley.

The Moatmen, meanwhile, will be looking to move seven points clear of the bottom club and take a big step towards avoiding relegation.

It will be a difficult test for Dave McDermott’s men, however, as Selston have very much improved their form since the introduction of their new manager. Following a 7-0 hammering at the hands of Sporting Khalsa, Selston have picked up four points from their last four outings.

A 3-2 win over Highgate United has boosted the mood in the Selston camp, the victory being just their second of the whole season – providing hope that they can still climb away from danger.

However, Selston do come into the game off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Tividale. Quick-fire goals at the beginning of the second half saw Selston fall 2-0 behind, and despite Rory Davis’ goal sparking a late rally, they did eventually fall to defeat.

With Selston still awaiting an illusive away win, the bottom side are much more comfortable on their own patch. Their two triumphs this season have come at the Parish Hall Ground, both 3-2 wins over Lye Town and Highgate United.

These two sides will be relatively unknown to each other as they have not yet met in the league this season. However, they have met in the Modwell Plastics League Cup at the start of the season, where an insane 90 minutes of football saw the side’s locked at 4-4. Eventually, Selston advanced thanks to a penalty shootout victory.

Yet, that was a long time ago and both sides have had massive changes and fluctuations in fortunes, providing for an interesting contest on Saturday.

One player to look out for in the Selston camp is Ben Moore. Moore has managed to score twice in his last three games, including a goal in their vital 3-2 win over Highgate United. Gresley will have to be alert for the threat he may pose.

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