Grantham Town bounced back from a disappointing home defeat on Saturday with a rollicking 4-1 league cup victory at Mickleover Sports, giving the side a much needed confidence boost as the second half of the season resumes.
The Gingerbreads put up a decent fight against high flyers Ashton United at the weekend but were unable to find the back of the net in response to the visitors’ first-half brace.
But Town’s midweek Doodson Cup clash at Mickleover was a different matter. Promising young Alex Troke put them in front almost immediately from a free kick. Grantham led 2-1 at the break before Troke powered in a second free kick. Other scorers were Rhys Lewis and Karl Demidh.
Joint manager Gary Sucharewycz said they had done a professional job: “As a team from a league higher, we were a scalp for Mickleover. We improved over what we saw at the weekend.
“Our intensity was all good and what we asked for. Allied to the passion and commitment that we had on Saturday, it led to a good performance and one where we won comfortably.
“Given the amount of change we had, it was good that we didn’t look disjointed as can happen sometimes. Everyone who had their opportunity took it with both hands.”
Defender Phil Watt played his last game for the Gingerbreads on Saturday as he moved on to Boston United. Coming the opposite way is Kallum Smith, initially on a one month loan from the Pilgrims.
Turning his attention to tomorrow’s league game at Matlock Town (January 12), Sucharewycz said he anticipated a much harder game than the midweek affair, but added they would go to the Derbyshire side with no fear after the confidence-boosting league cup win.
He said: “We need to take the style and swagger we showed and the principles we brought to the game. We have learnt the principles of what Ian [Robinson] and I want the team to do. We now need to build on those things.
“The broad principles of setting up solid, and being hard to beat are all in place, we need to layer on it a few more attacking options. Other than the odd moments, we have been hard for teams to break down and have had a lot of possession.
“We need to start to exploit the possession we are having and show a bit more variety to our attacking play.”
Both Ben Saunders and Jamie McGhee have injuries that could rule them out of tomorrow’s game. Gio Carchedi made a welcome return on Tuesday but is not fully match fit.