GRANTHAM Town made a remarkable recovery this week to bounce back to league form just two days after a trouncing in the FA Trophy.
The Gingerbreads were unable to repeat their FA Cup victory over Chasetown, losing 5-0 to the Northern Premier side for an early exit from the Trophy competition in the first qualifying round on Saturday.
But just two days later, Grantham were back on the road again for the Northern Premier League Division One South fixture at New Mills, where they cruised to a 4-0 victory.
With other results also going Town’s way, the Gingerbreads have been propelled to seventh in the table.
Joint manager Jimmy Albans praised his and Wayne Hallcro’s side, describing Monday night’s performance as excellent, with double goal scorer Paul Grimes once again receiving a special mention.
Albans said: “From the word go we didn’t let up on them and were stronger all round the pitch.
“Paul Grimes got another superb goal. He proves week in, week out, with his play why we were right to sign him. He has taken the pressure of Ben Saunders and we are getting more goals from Ben as well.”
Hallcro echoed his co-boss’s sentiments and said that Town club chairman Steve Boam had been amazed at the turnaround from Saturday’s defeat to Monday’s comprehensive win.
Hallcro said: “We know we have players who perform in big games and they showed it on Monday night. Rightly or wrongly, we all acted on Saturday as though Monday was more important. That got through to the players.
“With hindsight, we may well have started differently. The first 20 minutes in a game are always important. We didn’t start well on Saturday.
“We went from losing our individual battles on Saturday to winning them all on Monday and everyone needs to be given credit for doing that. No-one let anyone down on Monday. Everyone was on their toes and played with confidence.
“We know that we have the ability in the squad, but the two games show how important it is to get things mentally right. Jimmy and I are still learning and we have learnt a lot from last Saturday. We make decisions and sometimes get it wrong.”
The Gingerbreads play their first home game since the beginning of the month tomorrow, when they take on Carlton Town who lie two places above Grantham in the league. The Nottingham side have hit form of late, winning their last three league games with aplomb, and Hallcro said that he and Albans had a big decision to make to get selection right.
Hallcro said: “Phil Watt is back from suspension, but Alistair Asher has done really well for us in the four games he has played. We know what he brings to the team as we do with Phil.
“Phil is our number one choice, but hasn’t played for the last three weeks. Jimmy and I have still to make our decision who to play there.”
Hallcro said he and Albans had watched Carlton when they defeated bottom of the table Market Drayton on Wednesday night, and they had picked out the danger men.
Hallcro said: “We still just need to do what we do and let them worry about us. The extra couple of days we have had to prepare can help as we should be more rested. We went into the game on Monday with high expectations. Carlton is no different.”
Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow is 3pm.
l Match reports, page 86.