STEVE HALLIWELL has set Gresford Athletic a challenge - negotiate five September fixtures without losing.

Gresford have suffered three defeats in four league outings this term, a thumping 4-1 win at Llandudno the obvious highlight.

But a disappointing August has been put to one side, and Halliwell wants his side to start climbing the table.

Away trips to Ruthin, Penrhyncoch and Corwen, as well as home games against Llanfair and Guilsfield, represent a chance for Gresford to get their campaign heading in the right direction.

“I’ve challenged the players to pick up points from every game this month,” said director of football Halliwell. “We are playing teams that could be in and around us and we want to use Tuesday’s cup win at Holywell as a springboard.

“It’s important we forget August now and go unbeaten through September. The win on Tuesday gave everyone a lift, the lads were buzzing.”

Gresford’s chances of coming through this month without losing could be dented by an injury list that seems to be getting bigger.

Josh Griffiths (calf) was the latest player to join the likes of Jack Jones and Jack Chaloner in the treatment room, while Paul Williams is suspended.

New signings Adam Hesp and Jon Hill-Dunt will come into contention for tomorrow’s trip to fifth placed Ruthin, which Halliwell knows won’t be easy.

“It’s always a tough place to go,” said Halliwell of Chris Hardy’s men. “They are a close-knit bunch, who fight for everything, so we know what to expect.

“It won’t be until two or three weeks time, maybe even a month, until we get everyone back fit as well.”

Harri Lucas-Jones impressed at Holywell in midweek and it set to keep his place in the squad, while Ben Jones produced a man of the match performance in goal.

On Jones, pictured, who has seen Hill-Dunt come in to challenge for his spot, Halliwell added: “He’s a very good goalkeeper and if he produces performances like he did on Tuesday all season then it will be great for us and him.

“Like I said when Dunty signed, the number one jersey is Ben’s to lose.”