GRANTHAM Town have been removed from both major trophy competitions in successive weekends.
Following on from the FA Cup defeat at Cambridge City last weekend, the Gingerbreads were outclassed by Southern Premier League side Bedford Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy at The Meres on Saturday.
An admittedly still under-strength Grantham battled valiantly and had several good goal scoring opportunities to show for their endeavours, but ultimately it came down to finishing, or lack thereof in the Gingerbreads’ case, with the visitors taking their two goals with some aplomb.
Joint manager Wayne Hallcro admitted that the team has not thus far produced the kind of results that Grantham fans have come to enjoy over the last couple of seasons.
He said: “Everyone has an opinion when results don’t go for you and they are entitled to that. Everybody at the club has to accept that at this level of football, there are teams who will beat you; it is a fact of life.
“I think the last two games have shown the Southern League is a better footballing league that the Northern, and added to that we have had to play some square pegs in round holes due to injuries and unavailability.
“Jimmy [Albans] and me are still learning new stuff about what drives people as players. Success breeds confidence, but it is only when the chips are down that you really begin to learn about exactly what sort of characters you have in the team. Playing in a side that wins the vast majority of its’ games is easy. It takes real character to carve out results when the going is tough.”
The Gingerbreads take on low-flying Stocksbridge Park Steels at The Meres on Saturday, kick-off is 3pm.