Grantham Town bosses are ready for next round of FA Cup

Jimmy Albans
Jimmy Albans

THE Gingerbreads cruised through the FA Cup first qualifying round and now Jimmy Albans says he and joint boss Wayne Hallcro are looking forward to the next round.

Grantham Town beat Arnold Town 2-0 at The Meres on Saturday and will visit Northern Premier side Chasetown in the next round of the competition.

Albans said: “In some ways we were not surprised at the cup draw. No-one in our league is playing a side from this level. We will go there with nothing to lose as the underdogs.”

Following a scoreless first half, the Gingerbreads went in front courtesy of Paul Grimes, and Phil Watt sealed the win to take Grantham through to the second qualifying round.

Albans said that as Saturday’s game wore on, so the Gingerbreads took control and ended up “good value for the win”. He said: “Paul Grimes’ goal was a great header. He is just the sort of player we wanted to have last season. He is a very well liked lad who leads by his example. He is no trouble as a player, his attitude and commitment are top quality.”

Looking to tomorrow’s game against Market Drayton Town at The Meres, Albans said that they were keen to keep the good run of form going. After an unwelcome jittery start to the season, Grantham have only conceded two in their last six games.

Albans said: “There is a lot of belief in the squad in what we are doing. We want to win and we want to keep up with the teams at the top of the table.

“The league is already showing that it will be tight this season and a good run is important to move up the table.”

Albans said the squad had been training very hard this week but there were some injury worries. Jamie McGhee has a knee cartilage problem and is unlikely to be fit for tomorrow and Albans only gave Sam Saunders a 25 per cent chance of being available following a hamstring niggle.

Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow is 3pm.

l Match report, page 94.