Grantham Town bosses blame string of six defeats on players’ inexperience

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Grantham Town shocked the league leaders with a top class first-half on Tuesday night – and then shocked fans when they let a 2-0 lead slip to a sixth straight defeat.

The Gingerbreads nosed in front of North Ferriby United early on at The Meres, and dominated the first half with flair and confidence. The second half was a different story.

Joint manager Jimmy Albans said he and Wayne Hallcro recognised that things were not going Grantham’s way at the moment.

Albans said: “We are trying to put our finger on exactly what is going wrong. The system we played in the first half got it right. Their plan B undid us.”

Albans also acknowledged that the step up to the Premier Division this season had been a bigger one than many had anticipated, but he said that Town’s battling attitude matched that of any opposition.

He said: “In terms of this league, we are a very young side. We face players who know this level very well each week.

“We have a squad with very little experience of football at this level, only a handful of games, so we need to learn it, which takes more than eight weeks.”

Signed this week was versatile new player Deon Meikle.

A product of the Eastwood Town youth set-up, Meikle should give the Gingerbreads a number of options and impressed Albans on Tuesday.

Albans said: “Deon Meikle had probably the best debut I think we have seen from anybody who has come to this club. He was strong, quick and comfortable on the ball.

“His distribution was top drawer. Just the type of player we are trying to attract.”

Grantham host Hednesford Town at The Meres on Saturdaywhen Albans hopes to have Ben Saunders fit to play. Kick-off is 3pm.