Grantham Town could clinch league title tomorrow

Gingerbreads co-boss Wayne Hallcro
Gingerbreads co-boss Wayne Hallcro
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DIG out your old scarves and rattle and get along to The Meres tomorrow (Saturday) for what could be Grantham Town’s championship title-deciding match.

A win over lowly visitors Quorn will leave the title in the hands of second-placed Ilkeston.

The Derbyshire side cannot afford to go home with anything less than victory at Kidsgrove Athletic – or the Gingerbreads will be champions.

Should Ilkeston pull one out of the bag at Kidsgrove, mathematical title favourites Grantham will have another bite at the cherry at nearby Stamford on Easter Monday afternoon.

Champions-elect Grantham deserve a massive crowd to cheer them on to victory tomorrow after an inspiring season saw them climb from the foot of the table to become table-toppers after a remarkable run of form.

Grantham Town became the team to be feared as the season progressed and have only lost five games thoughout their league campaign.

With the league title so tantalisingly close, the fervour amongst Gingerbreads fans is understandable, but Town’s joint manager Wayne Hallcro said tomorrow’s game plan would be no different to any other.

Hallcro said: “Everybody knows what the situation is for this weekend. At this stage of the season, everyone is looking at the table working out who can do what.

“We will go out to win every game we can. It is the only way we prepare for games. We have done very well to get where we already are.”

Hallcro said he and co-boss Jimmy Albans had been to see Quorn play Mansfield this week and that nothing would be taken for granted, despite the Leicestershire side staring in the face of relegation.

Hallcro said: “We know a bit about some of their players. They have some very good lads there. Rob Norris can be a handful. He can turn a game.”

Town skipper Ben Saunders had treatment on his hamstring on Tuesday night and should be fit to start tomorrow, but striker Paul Grimes is suspended for the next three games. Defender Phil Watt’s suspension will last till the end of the season but Grant Brindley should be back to shore up the back line against Quorn.

Hallcro said that the main thing was that every player knows what is required of him. If they all perform as expected, three more points will be in the bag – and possibly the league title.

Hallcro said: “The experience we have got in the changing room will help us get over the finish line.”

Kick-off at The Meres on Saturday is 3pm.