GRANTHAM Town edged ever closer to securing a berth in the Evo-Stik League Division One South play-offs this week, setting up an unmissable final home game at The Meres.
The Gingerbreads take on fellow play-off contenders Kidsgrove Athletic in their penultimate game tomorrow (Saturday) when anything other than victory would be unthinkable. Grantham will then travel to Shepshed Dynamo on Easter Monday for a climactic final match.
An electric atmosphere at The Meres last Saturday afternoon saw Town pull out all the stops to overcome Belper Town 2-1 and since then results have gone Grantham’s way to keep play-off contention a real possibility.
Town’s joint manager Wayne Hallcro said the atmosphere at training this week had been superb and that the club was really “bubbling”.
He said: “Maybe this could be our year. We have had two blips recently, but everything else has gone our way.
“It is fantastic to be involved at this stage of the season. We hope we can get there for everyone. People are ringing me telling me they didn’t realise how close we are.
“We have really crept up on the top five. We have been in there for a while, but Kidsgrove and others have been there nearly all season.”
Hallcro said that Kidsgrove’s style is one that Town prefer to defend against. He said that Grantham’s back three proved they have the ability to frustrate the Staffordshire side’s forward line when the Gingerbreads won 2-1 at Hollinwood Road early in the season.
Hallcro said: “With recent performances and results, it would be a risk to change things. We will make the call and stick by it. We have ground out results in the last couple of weeks.
“The pressure the lads are under is the same as it was when they first pulled a shirt on. They know they need to get a result. The difference is the banter, the atmosphere and the support in the dressing room.
“We have done fantastically well this season, no matter what happens this weekend. We hope that we have enough about us to get through Saturday and still be involved. We have shown we are a force.”
Kick-off at The Meres tomorrow is 3pm.
l Match report, page 94.