10:04 Tuesday 07 January 2014

Gadsby eyes three points off Florence

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MARTIN Gadsby is hoping Uttoxeter Town can steal a march on their main rivals in the Staffordshire Senior League’s top flight this weekend.

Town will go four points clear if they can take three points away from Florence on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.

The Town skipper said: “We will hopefully have a full strength side available on Saturday – and with Ball Haye Green and Wolstanton both involved in the cup it gives us an opportunity to widen the gap between us and them.

“At this stage it is about getting the points on the board.”

“It’s another big month for us on and off the pitch and we need to keep grinding results out to make sure we are there for the run-in.”

Town’s scheduled clash with derby rivals Cheadle Town was postponed due to a waterlogged Oldfields pitch last weekend.

Gadsby said: “We were obviously disappointed that we couldn’t get Saturday’s game on.

“It seems an age ago when we last played – and although the lads have been doing some fitness work and had a friendly it’s not the same as playing matches.

“We’ll have a good training session this week which should set us up for what will be another tough test on Saturday.”

Town’s game was one of just two Premier Division matches called off.

Gadsby is wary of the impact of heavy pitches on the Uttoxeter side’s brand of football – but believes the league leaders have the players to cope.

He said: “Obviously the pitches aren’t really suited to us playing football at the moment.

“You know we have had a lot of rain when Oldfields is called off because I don’t know a pitch which drains better locally.

“But the gaffer (Mark Grimley) always want us to play football so we will always try and get it down.

“If that doesn’t work, I think we have enough ability in the squad that we can change the way we play if we needed.”

Just two points separate the top four side in Staffordshire Senior League’s top division ahead of this weekend.

Town enjoy a one-point advantage over Norton with Ball Haye Green and Wolstanton, who both enjoy a game in hand, a further point adrift.

“The reason we are enjoying this league is because we have to be on our toes every week,” said Gadsby.

“If we switch off we will lose points – and with it being so close at the top of the league we don’t want to give anything away.”

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