A GOOD start and a clean sheet are what joint manager Wayne Hallcro is hoping for from Grantham Town’s clash with Romulus tomorrow.
Hallcro warned against the West Midlands side’s strong forward line, but said he expected fellow play-off hopefuls Romulus to be wary of the Gingerbreads.
Hallcro said: “We need to ensure that we are not bullied by them in the opening minutes of the game. There is bound to be some tension in a big game like this.
“We need to be on the front foot and in their faces from the off. We are going there confident that we can come away with something, but need to start well to give ourselves the best chance.”
Tomorrow’s game is the first of five meetings on the trot with sides vying for a spot in the play-offs. Three of those games – against Rushall Olympic, Carlton Town and Goole – will be played at The Meres which Hallcro said should hand the advantage to Grantham.
He said: “None of those sides will fancy coming to our place. When the crowd get behind us, it can make a massive difference.
“It is because of everyone’s hard work that we are in the position that a run of games like this comes along. These games will be a measure of how far we have come in the last season.”
The Gingerbreads’ game at Sheffield was postponed on Saturday due to a frozen pitch but Hallcro said his and fellow joint boss Jimmy Albans’ squad had turned out for training and again on Tuesday night.
The management duo will be keen to iron out some defensive discrepancies that were high-lighted in Grantham’s last performance against Shepshed Dynamo, when they conceded twice in the first 15 minutes.
Hallcro said: “It does cause Jimmy and me some concern that we have conceded so many recently. We need to address that and want to see people taking it personally. We will address it with the resources that are available to us. We have got good defenders. We need to lift it a level again.”
Hallcro heaped praise on Rhys Lewis who he said had exceeded expectations. Lewis has scored three goals in five matches and Hallcro said it was just reward for his efforts and improvement.
Hallcro said: “He [Lewis] is attacking things in the penalty area as well as getting stuck into the game in the centre of the field.
“One of our options is to play him behind the front two to give him more chance to get into the penalty area. He has put his game together really well recently and fully deserves the chances he has had.”
Hallcro added that the club were this week on the brink of signing a new player with “quality and experience at a higher level.”
Hallcro said: “If it goes through as we expect it will, it will be a great signing for the club.”