“Very disappointed” was Grantham Town joint manager Gary Sucharewycz’s reaction to losing 4-3 at lowly Stocksbridge Park Steels last Saturday.
Sucharewycz said the Gingerbreads were “unrecognisable” from the previous week when they put in a couple of encouraging performances.
He said: “When you go away from home and score three, you really should be going home with something.
“For the first 20 minutes, we didn’t start doing enough of the ‘dirty work’. We didn’t match their workrate levels and our positioning was poor.”
Sucharewycz did, however, have some positives, praising the league’s top scorer Greg Smith, who bagged a brace, and Michael Towey who scored Town’s third: “We did show some character to get back in the game twice. We didn’t give up the game at any point.”
Grantham have two home games this week, starting with high-flying Blyth Spartans tomorrow. But Sucharewycz said the Gingerbreads could be a match for anyone.
He said: “We know we have nothing to fear and can create chances against any side.”
Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow (Saturday) is 3pm, and 7.45pm for Tuesday’s Doodson Cup game against Bedworth United.