Grantham Town put in a sterling performance to cause something of an upset against potential promotion contenders Worksop Town at The Meres on Tuesday night.
Sporting their new all red home strip, the Gingerbreads’ never-say-die attitude earned them a doggedly well-fought 3-1 victory that can do nothing but boost confidence.
Worksop played with some considerable élan and with the scores level at 1-1, talk around the ground at half time was centred around the possibility of Grantham being able to hold on for a share of the points.
But the Gingerbreads showed real character in the second half, upping their game to regain the lead and going on to tough out their first win of the season.
Town showed they have the necessary fitness and skill – and just as importantly, the tenacity and belief – to be more than just also-rans in this season’s NPL Premier Div- ision campaign.
Following Saturday’s disappointing opening game defeat at Ashton United, joint manager Gary Sucharewycz said the Gingerbreads had enjoyed the win over Worksop and said he and co-boss Ian Robinson would take the positives from the game, saying it would instil confidence into their side.
Sucharewycz said: “Worksop was a physical competitive contest. The referee was very good and let things run. As a result, we could both play our games. It was as good a game to play in as it was to watch.
“Our lads gave everything from the off. We won our battles and I couldn’t have asked for more from anyone.
“We faced one of the best strike forces in the league, we won’t see many as good in the way they play. It was a tough battle for everybody. We made a few tweaks to the team at half time and asked them to keep it tight.
“We were under the cosh for a period, but defended superbly and once we saw that off, we dominated the game.”
The only down side to the match was a groin strain sustained by Jamie McGhee and Sucharewycz said he would definitely be out for tomorrow’s game against AFC Fylde at The Meres.
Sucharewycz said: “We don’t expect it to be a quick fix.”
Grantham’s managerial duo are not short of options up front, with Gary King scoring against Ashton in his season debut and substitute Romaine Graham bagging a corker on Tuesday night.
However, Massiah McDonald is still under suspension, Karl Demidh is unavailable, and elsewhere on the field, Paul Lister is injured and Rhys Lewis is on holiday.
Sucharewycz said: “The squad to face Fylde is stretched but there is real quality in those who are available.
“Fylde are promotion fav-ourites, but we don’t fear facing anyone. With the right work ethic throughout the side, we know we will give any-one a good game and on the day, we know anyone can beat anyone else in this league.”