Grantham Town boss Hallcro says ‘we need to raise the bar again’

Greg Smith headed in Grantham's goal in the second half, his 18th of the season. Photo: 1002D
Greg Smith headed in Grantham's goal in the second half, his 18th of the season. Photo: 1002D

Grantham Town almost caused an upset at The Meres on Saturday, going in front against league leaders Chorley – and only conceding with three minutes of the match remaining.

The points were shared with the Lancashire team whose manager Gary Flitcroft praised the home side’s performance to Gingerbreads co-boss Wayne Hallcro.

Hallcro said: “We think that we put a marker down last Saturday to show where we have got to.

“Gary paid us some nice compliments after the game. He felt it was a great game for us and that we probably deserved to win the game. He complimented us on our organisation and how we made it hard for his side.”

Having put in a sterling performance against the table-toppers, Grantham welcome Whitby Town to The Meres on Saturday.

The Seasiders have enjoyed a remarkable spell of form since well before Christmas to earn their solid 10th place in the league – only tarnished by a 4-2 defeat at second-placed Skelmersdale on Saturday.

Hallcro said Grantham’s performance against Chorley meant nothing if it could not be repeated against Whitby.

He said: “Having played well against the league leaders, we hope to do it again against a top 10 side. We have got to go into the game with the same level of intensity and desire to do well. If we can do that, we can get a result.

“We set the bar against Chorley, but we have to raise it again.”

Kick-off at The Meres is 3pm.

l More than 30 Gingerbreads supporters turned up for a fans’ meeting hosted by new chief executive Barrie Pierpoint at The Meres on Monday evening.

Mr Pierpoint said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their time. It was really nice to meet everybody and to have the chance to talk about so many subjects.

“It was good to meet so many fans who clearly have the good of the club at heart. It has given me a lot of things to think about. Some we can do quickly, others will take time.”