Grantham Town’s FA Cup dream starts with trip to lower league Loughborough Dynamo

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EACH year non-league football fans dream of an FA Cup run and this season Grantham Town’s journey in the world’s most famous knock-out competition begins at Loughborough Dynamo today (Saturday).

The Gingerbreads go into the tie on the back of a solid start in the league, including four points taken from two fixtures in the last seven days - a 2-0 win away to Nantwich Town on Saturday and a 2-2 draw at home to Stafford Rangers on Tuesday night.

Town co-manager Jimmy Albans said he would welcome a cup run but stressed that the club’s priority must be the league.

Albans said: “The FA Cup is always big - it’s big for any football club.

“We now sit three games unbeaten and going into Saturday we want to make that four.

“Financially, you always welcome a cup run. For us it takes the pressure from league games week-in, week-out.

“But the nitty-gritty of playing in the league games and working to achieve our goal this year of where we want to be at the end of the season is the motivational factor for 
us.”

After half-a-dozen league games newly promoted Grantham Town may well be reassessing what they can achieve in the league this season.

They find themselves comfortably in the top half after recording three wins, two losses and a draw, including good performances against some of the most fancied teams in the league.

Joint bosses Jimmy Albans and Wayne Hallcro have so far seen little to fear after the step up in standard.

Albans said: “I look at everyone we have played this season and apart from 15 minutes at Chorley in the second half, we have seen nothing to scare us. We have taken four points from Stafford Rangers, we have been away to Nantwich and won and we have beaten Worksop at home - teams that were comfortably inside the top ten last year.”