Big Grantham Town victory sets up clash with league leaders

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GRANTHAM Town go into tomorrow’s game against runaway league leaders Barwell on the back of a big win sparked by forward Gio Carchedi.

The Gingerbreads defeated Lincoln United 5-2 at Ashby Avenue on Saturday, with Carchedi initiating the goalfest from two first half strikes. Town fell behind early on but the diminutive striker scored twice in the space of five minutes to put Grantham on track for an accomplished victory.

Ex-Lincoln United front man Carchedi volleyed in his first and he put the Gingerbreads in front with a header to signal the start of a humiliating afternoon for former Grantham manager John Wilkinson’s side.

Town’s joint boss Jimmy Albans said that, despite conceding a goal early in each half, his and Wayne Hallcro’s side had performed well, and he praised Carchedi’s efforts.

Albans said: “Gio has got quality. When we are playing as many games as we are at the moment, we have to protect him. That’s why we didn’t start him against Spalding.

“The positive thing was that we reacted well to going a goal behind, we reacted well to conceding early in the second half, and then kicked on and got two goals late on.

“After the first 10 minutes of the second half, there was only going to be one winner.”

The Gingerbreads this week bolstered their squad when they completed deals with Phil Watt and Niall O’Rafferty (see page 86). O’Rafferty is on an initial one-month loan from Mansfield Town and Watt has signed for Grantham after being released by Corby Town.

Albans said: “We could not have gone into the last 20 games of the season with only three central defenders. We have got some big games coming up and need to be able to have cover in all positions.”

Albans also said that the club were close to securing another player if negotiations panned out in Grantham’s favour.

Tomorrow’s opponents Bar-well have only lost one league game this season but Albans said he was confident that the Gingerbreads can compete with the best in the Evo-Stik Division One South.

Albans said: “The league is beginning to look as though it is Barwell’s to throw away. They have done a good job getting to the top of the table and everyone wants to knock them off their perch. Although nobody is really expected to beat Barwell because of their record this season, we will go into the game confident that we can get a result from it. We are in good shape.

“With Gio Carchedi and Ben Saunders getting on the scoresheet last weekend, we are getting into the right groove.

“Last Saturday showed what we can do now we have Sam Kirton in the squad. Although he only played a small part in the Lincoln game, it gave us the chance to push Pottsy forward and that led to the final goal.

“We have got two big games coming up in the next week and the next two or three weeks are huge in defining our season. We have had a positive week at training and everyone is looking forward to us pitting our wits against the top of the table side.”

l Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow is 3pm.