Back-to-back victories put Grantham Town in contention

Wayne Hallcro

Wayne Hallcro

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BACK-to-back victories have put Grantham Town well and truly in the hunt for a play-off berth at the end of the season.

Nine points from three games have put the Gingerbreads up to fourth place in the Evo-Stik League Division One South and extended their unbeaten league run to 16 games.

Town have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches, all three 1-0 wins, and Wayne Hallcro said the secret to his and joint boss Jimmy Albans’ side’s success has been consistency.

Hallcro said: “We have got everyone in top condition at the moment. It is nothing major we have done, but the consistency makes it easier for everyone on the pitch.

“The last three games have all been difficult ones for us, but in the last two in particular, we haven’t been able to play much football. Despite that, we have got on top of the games.”

The Gingerbreads’ second-half defensive display against Carlton on Tuesday left many asking questions. After taking the lead before half time, Grantham shut up shop and at times had eight or nine players in a line on the edge of the penalty box, as Carlton rained in crosses.

Hallcro said: “We maybe defended a bit too deep in the second half, but we didn’t let them create chances to score. If Dennis [Rhule] or I had been on the pitch, we may have played higher up, as that is how we like to defend, but it can be difficult from the bench to change a mindset like that.”

Hallcro said that once again the main priority for tomorrow’s game at Sutton Coldfield would be to keep a clean sheet. The West Midlands side have been rising up the table of late and have fired in 18 goals in their last four games.

Hallcro said: “We are not conceding many lately and if we can go to Sutton Coldfield and do the same, we will come back with at least a point which will be a super return from the two games.”