Co-boss Albans says Grantham Town deserved to win Shield semi-final

Grantham Town number nine Paul Grimes in the thick of the action in the Stamford penalty area. Photo: 990D
Grantham Town number nine Paul Grimes in the thick of the action in the Stamford penalty area. Photo: 990D
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Grantham Town went out of the only cup competition in which they remained at The Meres on Tuesday night.

The Gingerbreads were defeated by a single goal from Northern Premier Division rivals Stamford in the semi-final stage of the Lincolnshire Senior Shield.

It was a game liberally peppered with goal scoring opportunities for Town – none of which came to fruition.

Grantham’s joint manager Jimmy Albans said it was a result that could have gone the other way.

He said: “We had a very, very frustrating second 45 minutes. I thought we got to grips with the game after half time.

“To be fair to Stamford, they have took probably one of three chances. We had six or seven half-chances.

“On chances – we deserved to win the football match.”

The game gave Albans and co-boss Wayne Hallcro the opportunity to take a look at their new signings Richard Whyman and Kieran Walker. Walker went off at half time with a knee injury and was replaced by young Jack McGovern, who Albans said had had a great second half.

Albans said: “Kieran jarred his knee in a tackle in the first half. Hopefully he will be OK for Saturday.”

l Town take on league leaders Chorley at The Meres on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.