Options open for Gingerbreads’ Cup tie

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GRANTHAM Town go into tomorrow’s FA Cup first qualifying round with a number of options available.

Front man Tris Whitman begins his suspension tomorrow and so will be unavailable to face Arnold Town at The Meres. But joint manager Wayne Hallcro said the suspension could not have come at a better time for Paul Grimes and Ben Saunders.

Saunders came on as substitute in Town’s 3-0 win at Belper on Saturday and did the same on Tuesday night against Hucknall Town. Fellow substitute Grimes soon made his presence known on Tuesday, scoring a 20yd screamer to earn the Gingerbreads a 1-1 draw.

Hallcro said: “Whoever comes in will have a good chance to show they should hold the shirt.

“The options we have for the FA Cup tie up front are frightening. While we want to win the game for a number of reasons, we might try some things we would not do if it was a league game.

“We have got players on the bench who are every bit as good as those on the pitch and we need to keep everybody fresh. If we play the same side every game, it needs to be a side that is 100 per cent on form.”

Hallcro said he thought Tuesday night’s draw was a good result against arguably the toughest opposition the Gingerbreads have faced so far this season. He admitted the Hucknall goal had been down to a Grantham mistake but said they had played better in the second half and the substitutions had added a “different dimension” that quickly led to the equaliser.

Hallcro said: “When we play three up front, we try to spread the back four. But on Tuesday, the two centre halves were comfortable as we did everything in straight lines. It led to the goal by doing things differently. For the first time we got some space off them and we scored from it.”

Gingerbreads fans might have the chance to see new signing Joe Ward in tomorrow’s FA Cup fixture which, despite Arnold Town’s lower league status, Hallcro said cannot be taken lightly.

Hallcro said: “Their 5-1 win against Lincoln shows they can be dangerous. We need to do our jobs. We want to win and believe we have a squad that is good enough to do so.”

Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow is 3pm.

l Match reports, page 94.