An impressive away display saw Grantham Town put a dent in high-flying Stourbridge’s armour and boost their own chances of securing a precious play-off berth.
A goal in each half from the Gingerbreads’ Shaw strike duo did the damage as the visitors shattered the Glassboys’ Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 win in front of a sizeable home crowd.
Elated by the morale-boosting victory, Grantham manager Adam Stevens was in a bullish mood as he looked at forthcoming fixtures: “We play Frickley tomorrow (Saturday) and then have a cup semi-final against Clitheroe at the The Meres on Tuesday.
“It’s great that, as we enter the business end of the season, every single game we play has meaning for the top or the bottom of the league. And then crammed in between that, we have a chance to get to a final – great stuff!”
Town travel to lowly Frickley Athletic all too aware that they are fighting to stay in the league and Stevens acknowledged that it will be a different proposition to the Stourbridge game: “We are in no doubt that unless we are willing to roll our sleeves up and battle for the points, there is no point in going out to play Frickley.”
The Gingerbreads played well at Stourbridge in front of a boisterous near-1,000 West Midlands crowd. Steven said: “It was great to play in such an environment and that has to be our aim at Grantham. They have built success on their FA Cup runs and that is our challenge if we are to see the club develop.”
And the club are hopeful of a good turnout for the big game against promotion-chasing outfit Clitheroe on Tuesday evening, as well as Town’s final home league on the Saturday after, against Rushall Olympic.
Grantham-born and based top striker Lee Shaw, who has scored 24 goals this season, is in no doubt that the games offer lots of excitement. He said: “We are buzzing at the moment and are playing with a lot of belief. We all want Grantham Town to get into the play-offs and win a trophy, so big turnouts for our next two home games would be great.”
Always the realist, club chairman Roger Booth was in an upbeat mood, praising Grantham’s young squad for their record of only one defeat in 24 games, but he refused to get carried away.
Mr Booth commented: “We have a tough run-in but we showed at Stourbridge that we fear no-one. We have a chance to achieve something important for the town.
“The next few weeks will see if we can do it. The lads have been marvellous.”