Town joint boss Hallcro talks about FA Cup tie at Solihull

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Grantham Town joint manager Wayne Hallcro says his side can get a result at Solihull Moors on Saturday.

The Birmingham side are two divisions higher than Town but rock bottom of the Blue Square North.

Hallcro said: “Although Solihull are a couple of leagues above us, we believe we can go there and put our stamp on the game. Phil Watt watched them for us last Saturday and we watched their friendly at Mansfield on Monday. From those two games, we have a fair idea of what to expect from them. They have played with one up front in both games and we feel we can cope with that. We feel we can be as strong physically as any side on the day.

“The change we have had to make at the back with Alistair Asher coming in for Phil Watt doesn’t change the way we play. We chose to put Ash there because he reads the game so well and he has the experience to sweep behind Sam and Brinners. He is in a position where he can get on the ball and we know his distribution is good. We kept a clean sheet on Saturday and he was instrumental in that. His talking across the back line was very good all game.

“We know we want to get Lee Potts and Sam Purcicoe into good positions against Solihull, but from the start, the most important thing is to keep in the game for the first 20 minutes. We have got to respect the fact that they are two divisions above us, but can’t give them too much respect! If we stay in the game, we can go on to get more into our natural game, which is what we try to do in every game.

“We can’t afford to change anything against Solihull. We know who we are, what we are about and we have to go out there and do it. Our current form has given us confidence and self belief in what we are doing. There is 100% commitment all round the team and a willingness to support each other at all times. We believe we can do things; Solihull is one of those things.

“There are no injury worries ahead of the game. Joe Ward has left the club. He signed for us wanting to play football, but his chance has been limited because everyone is playing so well. He has signed for Shepshed and we wish him well. He is a very good player and has impressed us in training with his work rate and his attitude. We thought he did well when he played against Quorn and are disappointed that he chose not to stay and battle for a starting place.”