Grimes returns to Grantham Town

The Gingerbreads' 1973-74 FA Cup heroes were at The Meres on Saturday to celebrate 40 years since they met Middlesbrough in the third round. Photo: 935D
The Gingerbreads' 1973-74 FA Cup heroes were at The Meres on Saturday to celebrate 40 years since they met Middlesbrough in the third round. Photo: 935D
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Grantham Town have re-signed former Gingerbreads striker Paul Grimes in a week that also included the departure of another fans’ favourite – Jamie McGhee.

Joint manager Wayne Hallcro said they have been looking at several options and the managerial duo also this week welcomed Lee Potts back to The Meres.

Hallcro said: “We have watched a number of players. We have brought Paul Grimes back to the club. He has been playing regularly at Brigg and is raring to go.

“We have maintained a very good relationship with Paul and he decided that playing at Division One was not the level he wanted to be at; he wants to play at the higher level and challenge himself. We know he is good enough, so does he. “Lee Potts is another one who has had a chance at this level, both here and at Worksop. We think he can play the role we want on the left hand side of midfield. The back four are comfortable and we don’t want to change that. Lee does, however, give us options if we do want to change things at any point in a game.”

Another addition to the squad is centre midfielder Richard Whyman who has signed from Bedworth United.

McGhee has accepted an offer from Boston United and loan player Kyle Dixon has also gone to The Pilgrims. Fellow loanee Malachi Lavelle-Moore has returned to Notts County.

Hallcro said he was pleased with signs of improvement against Matlock on Saturday and could see a weekly progression in fitness as they head to Ilkeston tomorrow.

Hallcro said: “We know that we have 17 cup finals left this season and have to go positively into each game. We need to give 100 per cent each week, and have confidence that we can get a result.”

+ Victory over Deeping Rangers in this Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Senior Shield quarter-final match could see the Gingerbreads meet Stamford, Brigg Town or Bottesford Town, all of whom have already qualified for the semi-finals of the competition.

Kick-off at The Meres is 7.45pm.

l The Grantham Journal this week gratefully received a cheque for £100 to its Children’s Fund from Grantham Town sponsor Discount Cabs’ John Bromfield.