Good crowd expected for Grantham Town’s ‘kids go free’ game with Ilkeston

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A good-sized crowd is expected for Grantham Town’s ‘kids go free’ game against old foes Ilkeston at The Meres tomorrow.

The grudge match comes on the back of two away matches for the Gingerbreads, both of which ended in draws at Marine and Stafford Rangers.

Town joint manager Gary Sucharewycz acknowledged how big a game it would be tomorrow: “For both sets of fans, Grantham v Ilkeston is probably one of the first fixtures you look for. There has been a lot of rivalry over recent years and that carries on today on the pitch as well as off it.

“The players know how big this game is to the club, the fans and us. We have had Ilkeston watched a couple of times which has given us things to think about. We will always look at that information and think how we can positively influence the game as much as how we force them to play a different way to the one they would like.”

Adie Hawes scored Grantham’s opening goals at both Marine and Stafford but will be missing tomorrow with a re-occurrence of a knee injury. Sucharewycz and co-boss have brought in the services of centre-half Kern Miller from Worksop Town.

Sucharewycz said: “We needed to strengthen at the back. He is an even more vital signing with Adie out now.”

Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow is 3pm with £10 admission and up to three children per adult free.