Grantham boss Hallcro would like big crowd for ‘chess’ game

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GRANTHAM Town go into the first of a few crunch matches at The Meres tomorrow – and joint manager Wayne Hallcro said it would be great if a large home crowd came out and supported the Gingerbreads.

Grantham take on fellow promotion hunters Newcastle Town in what Hallcro said could be something of a chess match as regards tactics. The two sides are locked together on 61 points in the Evo-Stik League Division One South, both determined to hang on to a place in the top five to ensure a shot at the play-offs.

Hallcro said: “It would be nice to see a good crowd for what should be a top game.”

Fourth-placed Newcastle have shown themselves to be vulnerable of late, whereas the Gingerbreads have only suffered one defeat in 21 league games. Three successive away wins in eight days put the icing on the cake for Hallcro and co-boss Jimmy Albans, including a 2-0 victory at Belper on Saturday.

Hallcro said: “We did what we set out to do against Belper. The early goal in the second half was essential. When you concede a goal in that situation, it is difficult to get back up again. It knocked the stuffing out of them.”

Hallcro said that tomorrow’s opponents, Newcastle, play a similar style to the Gingerbreads, matching Grantham for pace and playing quite narrow, which could cause a dilemma for team selection.

He said: “They tend to be deeper than we are. The lads know it is a big game. It may be a bit of a chess match, the sort of game that the first scorer is likely to go on and win.”

Grantham will be without Matt Millns who is suspended. Lee Potts has a knock but should be fit.

Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow is 3pm.

l Match reports, page 86.