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Moors hope new faces will settle in quickly

BOB Faulkner is backing his youthful new-look side to create an upset against Gateshead tomorrow.

BOB Faulkner is backing his youthful new-look side to create an upset against Gateshead tomorrow.

Moors travel up to the North East on the back of a 2-0 defeat to Stalybridge Celtic and if you believe the form book their chances of a win tomorrow are slim.

The high-flying Tynesiders are unbeaten in seven and have scored a whopping 20 goals during that run.

In contrast Moors’ dismal record of just six points from a possible 36 away from Damson Park continues to haunt Faulkner.

But the experienced boss is hoping his gamble to go with the youngsters pays off.

“They look lively and positive,” he said about his new additions.

“We’ve given them the opportunity to come and play and they seem up for the challenge. So let’s see what they’ve got.”

Last weekend Moors four-game winning streak came to an abrupt end as Celtic beat them 2-0.

Goals from Nicky Platt and Matty Barlow sealed the win.

Blighted by injuries and suspensions Faulkner was forced into giving five new signings their Blue Square North debuts. On-loan trio James McPike, James O’Brien, and Charlie Reece were included in the line-up as was Adam Daly (brother of Liam) and James Chambers who was snapped up from Shelbourne.

The youthful midfield had pace and energy in abundance but were unable to turn their possession into goals.

And to add to the misery of ending their unbeaten league run, bottom-placed Hucknall managed a draw away at the promotion chasing Stalybridge on Tuesday night, while Blyth Spartans recorded another win at home to Hinckley.

Tomorrow’s trip has come too early for Carl Motteram. Jake Edwards and Mick Tuohy are likely to be missing for another three weeks while Tim Gould is waiting for a knee operation.

Junior English and Liam Daly will return from suspension for Moors next home game on Tuesday at Damson Park (19.45).


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