Grantham Town were finally defeated at Mickleover Sports on Saturday but the club’s positive response to the end of their record-breaking 17-game unbeaten run has been the signing on contract of four of their high-flying heroes.
The quartet of players – strikers Felipe Barcelos and Jeremiah Dasaolou, full back Ellis Storey and goalkeeper Kieran Preston – all put pen to paper earlier this week, giving the club a big lift as they prepare for the important fixture against promotion rivals Workington at The Meres tomorrow (Saturday).
In announcing the move, club chairman Roger Booth said: “At Grantham, we now have a view that contracts are not ‘given’ to players, they have to be earned, and these lads have shown what they are capable of and have the potential to go on to better things.”
Gingerbreads manager Adam Stevens expressed his gratitude that the club had agreed to secure the players and looked forward to the encounter with their Cumbrian rivals. He said: “We remain focused on a promotion push and we showed in the second half at Mickleover that we have lost none of our drive and ambition as we totally dominated the game.
“That’s history and now we go again. This should be a cracking game and we look forward to getting back on track.”
Town are hoping that influential midfielder Danny Meadows, who is coming back from an ankle injury sustained at Spennymoor, and full back Luther Wildin who has been away on international duty with Antigua and Barbuda under-20s will both be in contention to start the game.
The Gingerbreads have seen their attendances improve in recent home games, including a very good turnout for the Matlock midweek game and look forward to a continuation of that trend tomorrow.
The club also learned this week who they will play in the Integro Doodson Cup, the Northern Premier equivalent of the League Cup. Having now reached the quarter-final stage, Town will play Nottingham outfit Basford on Tuesday, March 7, at The Meres.
Boss Stevens was upbeat about his side’s prospects in the cup competition: “We have previously not seen this as a first priority but, having got this far, we now want to go on to get as far as we can.
“We lost badly at Basford in the FA Trophy last season, so a chance to play them again is welcome.”
Kick-off for tomorrow’s home game against Workington at The Meres is 3pm.