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Story posted: Tuesday, 7th November 2000

King set for battle Royal
Story courtesy of Glenn Brookes - Burton Mail
Dave King

Dave King

Gresley Rovers boss Brian Kenning has drafted striker Dave King into his squad for Tues night clash with Sutton Coldfield Town as he bids to find the goals to lift his side out of the bottom four.
King, who scored a hat trick for the reserves on Saturday, may have to be content with a place on the bench but is sure to figure if Rovers' failings in front of goal continue.

King's return from injury has been hampered by a chest infection but his performance at the weekend will have made Kenning sit up and take notice.

Although Simon Tucker has been in great form since his arrival, Kevin Allsop has been struggling.

Rovers' lack of firepower cost them again on Saturday as they missed numerous chances in their 2-1 defeat at Evesham.

That may not be enough to force Kenning into risking King from the start, but he knows his side need to start finding the back of the net on a regular basis.

Said the Moat boss: "We played against a very good side on Saturday and had the best chances - but we missed them. There is no major panic. If we were getting outplayed then there would have to be major changes but I think we maybe need one or two experienced players to help out what is a young side, and I am sure a victory would spark us off."

Kenning welcomes back midfielder Steve Coates after suspension, while Steve Devine is also available.

One decision Kenning must make is who is to play in goal against the Royals.

Kenning gave a debut to 16-year-old Simon Baldwin on Saturday with Ian Simms suffering from a stomach bug.

Simms has since recovered but Kenning was pleased with Baldwin's showing.

Gresley from: Baldwin, Simms, Roberts, Gardner, Bluck, Warren, Wardle, Broadhurst, Allsop, Tucker, Peters, Coates, Devine, Middleton, Reynolds, King, Sandar, Doughty.
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