Match preview – Gresley Rovers


Saturday 19th December 2020

Gresley Rovers vs AFC Wulfrunians

The Moat Ground

Midland League Premier Division


This Saturday Darren Goodall takes his Wulfrunians side on the road to Derbyshire, to take on a strong Gresley Rovers outfit who have made a decent to the season and will be looking for a good result to start to close the gap with some of the front runners upon the much awaited resumption of the league after 7 weeks off.


Rovers endured a very inconsistent month in October, with 4 wins and 4 losses from their 8 games, leaving them stuck in 6th place in the table. One major factor that has contributed to this inconsistency is the contrast between home and away form, winning 7 out of 9 games played at the Moat Ground so far. AFC therefore will have to be at their best as they look to damage this fine record, and break a 5 match winning streak at home for Rovers.


Gresley have a lot of players who have the ability to hurt the Wulfs, most notably top scorer Daniel Munday, who has netted 10 times in just 8 starts so far this term. Another threat possessed by Rovers is captain Paul Sullivan, who has impressively lead the team from the front by scoring 8 times and taking up 4 man of the match awards from just 10 appearances.


One positive sign for the Wulfs is that they impressed on the road in the weeks before the lockdown, taking strong points at the homes of Boldmere and Newark, alongside the standout result of the season so far at the Butts Park arena where AFC dispatched of high flyers Coventry United to take all three points. This bodes well for the Wulfs and should give the side some confidence that they can get something out of the game. A win could take the side as high as 5th, which is some incentive for the lads to go out and give a strong showing.


The recent departure of James Spray to Alvechurch will be a big blow as he was a very important member of the squad, and had offered many good performances so far this term.


Standout performer Jack Till has been absolutely vital for the Wulfs so far this term with 6 goals alongside many impressive performances, so can be a major threat to Gresley’s backline during the game. Despite being a relatively low scoring side, the defence has been very strong throughout the season, and manager Darren Goodall will be looking for another solid defensive performance which they can build on when going forward.


After the league fixture was cancelled last season, it is the Wulfs first visit to the Moat Ground in a while, so hopefully the lads can make it a memorable one by bringing all 3 points back to Castlecroft.


Written by Tom Bird