GRANTHAM Town’s hopes of securing a play-off spot continued to look good after they knocked the stuffing out of fellow contenders Newcastle Town at The Meres on Saturday.
Exultant Gingerbreads joint manager Wayne Hallcro punched the air, shouting “get in there” towards the main stand faithful as he and Jimmy Albans’ side left the pitch to a standing ovation following their side’s 3-0 victory.
Grantham went 2-0 up in the first half, courtesy of an early Gio Carchedi strike and a Lee Potts penalty – and Gingerbreads prodigal son Rob Norris put the icing on the cake with his first goal on returning to the Gingerbreads.
Albans said they had been to watch Newcastle recently and had planned their tactics in advance. He said: “We decided we needed to get tight and squeeze them when they had the ball. It worked.
“We bossed the game from minute one. We got the goal we deserved, then the penalty. We remained on top of the game and sealed it with five minutes to go.”
Hallcro said that beating Newcastle would give the players an extra boost in confidence and raise morale for the all-important remaining games of the season. He said: “We are in a winning zone at the moment and that breeds a winning mentality across the team.”
The Gingerbreads are on the road to play-off hopefuls Rushall Olympic tomorrow. Hallcro said that Rushall’s Dales Lane ground can be an intimidating place.
He said: “Rushall Olympic can be a physical side. We are experienced enough now as a team to cope with that. I expect a good strong battle. The first goal will be important again.”