Largest crowd of season expected at The Meres for Grantham Town’s game against Darlo

Grantham Town v Darlington 1883
Grantham Town v Darlington 1883

The biggest crowd at The Meres this season is expected for this Saturday’s match, with championship title-chasing Darlington 1883 arriving in town with the biggest travelling following in the league.

Arrangements are being put in place to welcome the north-easterners as they push Blyth Spartans for the top-of-the-table position with only a handful of matches to go this season.

With games mounting up and several still in hand, Darlington continue their push for promotion, not wanting to rely on going up from the play-offs.

But they slipped up at Frickley Athletic on Tuesday, losing 3-1 having won their previous eight games.

In their three previous matches, Darlo won 2-0 at home to Sutton Coldfield Town, 2-1 at home to Halesowen Town and 5-0 at Nantwich Town.

So visitors to the Meres this Saturday can expect a cracking match and atmosphere.

Looking forward to the match is Tony Fraher, chairman of Grantham Town Supporters Club, who encourages the town community to again turn out as they did for the Salford match earlier in the season to cheer the Gingerbreads on.

Tony said: “The atmosphere for the Salford game was great and lifted the team to take the three points. A repeat of that turnout and a similar result would be tremendous.

“We expect the turnstiles and the Gingerbread to be busy so I would encourage fans to get along early and sample the hospitality and soak up the atmosphere for what will be the biggest gate of the season.”

In addition to what promises to be a cracking game, all visitors to The Meres this Saturday can look forward to great drink offers in the Gingerbread bar and watch the Grand National which will be shown after the match, followed by a racing night event.

Kick-off at The Meres is 3pm.

+ The Gingerbreads returned to Marine on Thursday night for the re-arranged following last week’s abandonment after the pitch became flooded midway through the match.

After a goalless first half, Grantham went in front in the 53rd minute through Grant Ryan.

All three points looked to be coming home with the Gingerbreads, but Marine grabbed an equaliser in the final minute when Alan Burton scored for the home side.