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Story posted: Tuesday, 31st January 1989

Rovers underdogs
Story courtesy of Burton Mail
Holders Gresley Rovers start their defence of the Derbyshire Senior Cup as underdogs tonight (7.30pm).
After an exemption to the last eight, Rovers face a hazardous trip to Causeway Lane to meet HFS Loans Leaguers Matlock Town, the annual favourites for the cup.

The trip is made tougher still for Gresley because principal strikers Tracey Norton and Paul Acklam are still on their casualty list.

Said Northwood: “It’s difficult to make up for players of that calibre. Despite what people think, I haven’t got a magic wand.”

Norton – sidelined for six weeks by a groin injury – faces a further six weeks of intensive treatment before he can contemplate an eagerly-awaited return to Rovers’ side.

He recently sought a second opinion on the injury from a specialist and was told he had been badly advised.

“The last six weeks have been a complete waste of time. I haven’t been making any progress at all but now that I’ve seen a specialist I hope that, by taking time off work for regular physio sessions, I can start making a recovery.

“I’m absolutely desperate to get back – I just can’t stand watching when I should be out there playing.”

Northwood drafts into his squad teenage full back Richard Harris, recently signed from Arnold.

“He’s only 19 and come highly recommended by our youth team manager Brain Bignall. He’s had two years in Arnold’s first team and that’s got to count for something.”

Rovers midfielder Ian Wells is planning to lodge an appeal against a 56-day ban which is due to start next month.

Northwood said: “The lad had never been booked let alone sent off until this incident. To say he thinks the punishment is harsh is putting it mildly.”
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League Position
  Team P GD Pts
2 Belper Town 0 0 0
3 Brighouse Town 0 0 0
4 Carlton Town 0 0 0
5 Cleethorpes Town 0 0 0
6 Frickley Athletic 0 0 0
7 Gresley 0 0 0
8 Lincoln United 0 0 0
9 Loughborough Dynamo 0 0 0
10 Marske United 0 0 0
11 Morpeth Town 0 0 0
12 Ossett United 0 0 0

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South Normanton Athletic
Pre-Season Friendly
Tue, 24th Jul 2018, 7.30pm (Away)
Matlock Town
Pre-Season Friendly
Sat, 28th Jul 2018, 3.00pm (Home)
Graham St Prims
Pre-Season Friendly
Mon, 30th Jul 2018, 7.30pm (Away)
Burton Albion XI
Pre-Season Friendly
Wed, 1st Aug 2018, 7.30pm (Home)
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