Greg Tempest, a promising young midfielder from npower League One side Notts County, is all set for a baptism of fire….
….this afternoon when Ilkeston’s FC take on the best-supported club in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
FC United of Manchester are expected to bring around 700 fans with them to the New Manor Ground and although 18-year-old Tempest – a first-year professional – has been “in and around” the first-team at Meadow Lane, it will probably rank as the biggest game of his career so far.
Said manager Kevin Wilson: “Laurie Wilson is suspended for next week’s game against Matlock Town, after picking up five bookings, and with Dion Chambers recently moving on, we’re really short in midfield.
“We have a good working relationship with Notts County and they were happy to let us have Greg Tempest on loan for a month because believe they feel it will be good for his progression.”
Wilson also delivered a strong hint that more new signings could be imminent because he is actively looking for another midfielder, a central defender and someone to play wide on the left.
He added: “Competition for places is a healthy thing in any football club and I don’t think we have enough at the moment in certain areas of the team.”
With no major injury issues to contend with, it will be interesting to see which formation the manager goes with against FC United, bearing in mind that he made three half-time substitutions against Kendal Town last week.
He added: “It’s a game for everyone to look forward to and whatever team we send out, hopefully the players will rise to the challenge. FC United were very impressive when we watched them play Eastwood last weekend and we will need to raise our game to match the temperature inside the ground.”