Here’s the latest from our division this evening.
- Notts County have received a welcome boost, leading scorer Jorge Grant has been told he’ll be there until the end of the season. Grant told local media he is relishing his time at Notts County after Nottingham Forest confirmed they would not be recalling him in January. Grant scored his 14th goal of the season in the narrow 3-2 win over Oxford City at the weekend, as well as netting against City earlier in the season.
- Meanwhile the turmoil at Grimsby might be about to deepen further as reports suggest both Crystal Palace and Swansea are after their crown jewel. Website HTC has published a report that both clubs are eyeing up Siriki Dembele in the January window, a move which would surely be the final straw for beleaguered boss Russell Slade. He’s soldiering on, caught in the middle of a growing divide between the board and the fans.
- Chesterfield have been forced to draft in an emergency loan keeper in the wake of injuries to Joe Anyon and Tommy Lee. Cameron Dawson has joined from Sheffield Wednesday and will be available for the weekend fixtures. The keeper is now on his third loan spell having enjoyed time with Plymouth and Wycombe.
- Prolific striker Christian Doidge, responsible for much of the positive happenings at Forest Green, grabbed his 30th goal of 2017 last night. He told local media “It’s almost like slow motion at the moment, the goal feels really big. That’s how it is – when you’re not scoring much it happens really quick and the goal feels smaller – so I’ve got to make the most of it while the goal’s really big for me and keep plugging away. I know I’m getting chances in this team – today I was waiting for that one chance and thankfully I put it away.” I’m sure if those chances in the team ever dry up, there’s a red and white shirt here that we’d be happy to give him. Hell, I’d even write his name on the back myself in my own blood if it helped.
- FGR are on the hunt for another striker, after the relative success of Omar Bugiel whom they plucked from obscurity, they’re back in the lower reaches. Weston-super-Mare have agreed terms with them for the transfer of Dayle Grubb for an undisclosed fee, subject to a medical on January 1st 2018. Grubb has featured in a total of 356 matches for WSM, scoring 90 times.
- Struggling Crewe have been rocked by the news that key midfielder James Jones has undergone another injection to ease the inflammation causing him discomfort in his pelvis. The Scotland Under-21 International has not featured at all for the Railwaymen this season after undergoing a hernia operation in the summer. He bagged 11 goals in 50 appearances during the previous campaign and despite being keen to get back into action, this latest set-back will put him back in his rehab for at least 4-6 weeks.
- Steve Evans (pictured top) is feeling the benefit of his squad, promising to make more changes than there are spaces on the pitch this evening. “We’ll make 10 or 11 changes – possibly 12 or 13,” said mathematically challenged Evans. “It’s just that there is a lot of football to come and there have been pressure games. We had to beat Shaw Lane and Guiseley and in between times you play the likes of Coventry.” He did promise anyone who impresses will be in his side for Saturday’s League Two trip to Crawley, although I’m sure most of his fringe players know that to be stretching the truth somewhat. I hope Lee Angol doesn’t regret his decision too much.