Nine-goal week sets Grantham Town up for visit to Whitby

Grantham Town racked up nine goals in two games at The Meres this week – toppling high-flying Blyth Spartans 4-2 in the league and demolishing Bedworth United 5-0 in the league cup.

The Gingerbreads were 4-1 up at half time against Blyth on Saturday and battled grittily in the second half to ensure victory.

First to most headers, Grantham Town's Deon Meikle on Tuesday night. Photo: 849D

First to most headers, Grantham Town's Deon Meikle on Tuesday night. Photo: 849D

Joint manager Gary Sucharewycz said: “We got a great early goal but let a soft one in soon after. We knew the second half would be scrappy as we expected them to throw everything at us – which they did.

“We weathered it well and were good value to take the three points against a team who have been flying. Not many would have expected that.”

Grantham cruised through to the second round of the Doodson Sport Ccup with a comfortable victory over lowly Bedworth at The Meres on Tuesday night.

Bottom of NPL Division One South, the visitors put up little opposition in the first half and the Gingerbreads stunned them with all five goals in the first period.

A Jamie McGhee strike after eight minutes set the tone and Michael Towey fired in to double the lead two minutes later.

Romaine Graham added a third on 14 minutes and just another 10 minutes passed by before Ben Fairclough hammered in to put Grantham 4-0 up.

The home side ended the half with a first Gingerbreads goal for Jamie Jackson who slotted in on 38 minutes.

Bringing three substitutes straight on after the break, United looked more determined in the second half but, despite some complacent defending by Grantham at times, the visitors never truly looked liked finding the back of the net and Town saw out the 90 minutes with ease.

Joint Gingerbreads boss Ian Robinson said it had been a good performance: “It was a good run out and a confidence booster.

“When you go three to five goals up by half time like we have in the last two games, you can think the game is won, which takes an edge off the second half performance.

“We need to be able to see the game out and knew on Tuesday that we could do that.”

The Gingerbreads can expect to face tougher opposition at Whitby Town tomorrow and Robinson said their game plan would be to employ a different strategy for away games.

He said: “We want to be more solid in midfield and not too expansive, where it has been costly to us away from home. We have got options that we are looking at for how we do that for who we play in the hole.

“We need to win the fights and scraps around the pitch in the early part of the game. Individual battles are usually key to winning the game. Whoever gets on top in the opening half an hour normally goes on to win the game.

“We want to be solid and hard to beat.”