Football: Clowes weighs up strike options as new boy Oliver pushes for start
STAFFORD Rangers boss Greg Clowes faces a selection headache ahead of tomorrow's Marston Road clash with Evo-Stik Premier leaders North Ferriby United.
Striker Simon Everall struck both goals in the 2-1 defeat of Ilkeston in midweek, a game that saw fellow frontman Danny Quinn also impress his manager.
But Clowes will also have new signing Dean Oliver available after the former Gresley frontman recovered from a groin strain.
"We are happy to have Dean on board and now, all of a sudden, there's some pressure on the nine and 10," the Rangers manager admitted.
"I have seen him twice this season and he's a real handful.
"He is not going to score 25 goals, we know that, but he won't give centre-halves a minute's peace."
Clowes will also have a choice to make at left-back where teenager Oliver Davies has been deputising for Ryan Brown.
The latter is one of a handful of players back from injury or suspension, but his 18-year-old stand-in has done well.
"We will have a few players back for selection on Saturday," Clowes explained. "Whether they get in the starting line-up or not I don't know."
Midfield pair Michael Carr and Jon Sheldon will also be available along with defender Luke George, but Karl Espley is still suspended.
NANTWICH head for Eastwood Town looking to cement their place in the leading pack.
A midweek draw with Hednesford Town – their first home point in four games – left the Dabbers as one of five teams on 21 points in joint second place.
But while Nantwich have so far struggled at the Weaver Stadium this term, their away form has been excellent, and they are unbeaten in five games as they head to struggling Eastwood looking to extend that run.
Old boys Dave MacPherson and Michael Lennon returned to the Weaver Stadium with Hednesford, and looked like they might depart with all three points before Christian Smith equalised 10 minutes from time.
Skipper Chris Flynn could return to midfield tomorrow after impressing from the bench in midweek as he recovers from injury.
Meanwhile, manager Jimmy Quinn has told well-travelled striker Mark Beesley has can leave.