Albans pleased with Grantham battering Barwell

Jimmy Albans
Jimmy Albans
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GRANTHAM Town enjoyed arguably their best win of the season over league leaders Barwell on Saturday.

The Canaries had only beaten once in the league this season and were expected to be a major challenge for the Gingerbreads.

But the Leicestershire side were no match for the might of Grantham Town who battered the visitors at The Meres in their second successive 5-2 win.

In a confident, battling performance, Town bullied Barwell for the full 90 minutes and fully deserved the runaway victory. Gio Carchedi once again kicked off the scoring, with Phil Watt doubling the lead minutes later.

Barwell looked to have found their form with a goal scored either side of half time, but the Gingerbreads were unfazed by the visitors’ resurgence and retook the lead through Matt Glass. Super sub Jamie McGhee put the icing on the cake with two great strikes in the last five minutes.

Grantham followed up the win with a useful 2-2 draw at Carlton Town on Wednesday night to extend their unbeaten league run to 11 games.

Joint manager Jimmy Albans praised the efforts of his and Wayne Hallcro’s side. Albans said: “All of the hard work everyone has put in has led to the last two results. We have got our just rewards and it is nice when the things you have been trying to do drop into place like that.

“We believe that if we defend well enough, we have got more than enough going forward to get the right result. If you play the game on the front foot, things will happen for you.

“We couldn’t afford to let the league leaders get into any sort of rhythm. We didn’t gve them time to play or look what they were doing.

“The squad are experienced enough to know what we want from them and what we are trying to do and it is just as nice for them when it all drops into place. We are lucky to have a bunch of lads that take on board the things we try to put across to them.”

Despite the excellent run of form, Albans warned against complacency. He said there was a need to keep confidence at just the right level to ensure consistent results.

Albans said: “We can’t afford to rest on our laurels. We need to continue to do things professionally and correctly. We must conduct ourselves correctly if we are to carry this start forward. We need to keep everyone in the right mood mentally.

“We need to be a team of winners in what is a league where everyone wants to be winners in every game. We are getting the right feedback from the players that they want to go on and do more for the team.”

l Match reports, page 86.