Grantham Town boss says ‘we are in a dogfight’ ahead of Kendal game

Down the road: Sam Saunders no longer fits in with Grantham Town's plans.
Down the road: Sam Saunders no longer fits in with Grantham Town's plans.
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Joint manager Gary Sucharewycz says there is no panic in the Grantham Town team as the Gingerbreads return to The Meres for their first home league game since January 5.

Despite Grantham’s current lowly position in the league, Sucharewycz said the side was getting stronger by the week.

He said: “We are in a dogfight, no doubt about that.

“We are more than happy with where we are for the squad. We know we have 15-20 players here that can do the job for us and pick up points.”

The Gingerbreads were defeated 3-1 by league leaders North Ferriby United on Saturday, and hosted Holwell Sports on Tuesday night, to whom they lost 1-0.

Sucharewycz was not unduly worried about the friendly defeat. He said: “We got everything we wanted. The result was irrelevant.”

Sucharewycz said that he and co-boss Ian Robinson have let Sam Saunders go this week. His departure follows that of skipper and twin brother Ben who signed for Stamford.

Sucharewycz said he did not think Sam was right for what the managerial duo were trying to achieve.

Sucharewycz said: “We felt it was in the best interests of Sam and us to have a change. With over 177 games, Sam has been here a long time and sometimes you need that change to kick things on a bit.

“We weren’t 100 per cent convinced that Sam was fully bought into what we are trying to build here. We are trying to freshen things up in how we play. Letting Sam go seemed to us the right thing to do.”

Emeka Nwadike will take over as captain.

Turning to tomorrow’s match against Kendal Town, Sucharewycz said the game was Grantham’s to win.

He said: “It is a huge game for both teams. If we play the way we know we can, and use the quality we have to create chances, we can win the game well. We are not too bothered about Kendal and what they might or might not do.

“We have yet to 100 per cent gel as a side, but are getting there. We are looking for consistency and comfort on the ball. Three points is our aim from Saturday.

“We need to continue to create the chances and the goals will follow.”

Kick-off tomorrow (February 9) is 3pm.