GRANTHAM Town go into their clash with fancied Nantwich Town tomorrow (September 1st) minus goals ace Paul Grimes.
The striker suffered an ankle injury five minutes from time in the 3-0 defeat of Worksop on Monday, and is still waiting to learn the extent of the damage.
Town joint manager Jimmy Albans claims the challenge which rules Grimes out of the trip to South Cheshire on Saturday should have resulted in a red card for the Worksop player, and he is just hoping Grimes will not be out for long.
The co-boss said: “The challenge on Paul should have been a sending-off in my opinion. Just because it is the 85th minute doesn’t matter. We decided to leave Paul on as he really wanted to score at least one on the afternoon.
“We are not sure if it is an ankle fracture. He is in plaster as a precaution and comes back to Grantham today (Friday).
“He seems positive about it and does not expect it to be a break, but he will not take part in the game on Saturday.”
Grimes, who scored 21 goals in the promotion-winning campaign last season, will be among several absentees for the Nantwich game. Keeper Jimmy Lindley and Ash Robinson are suspended, and there will be no Emeka Nwadike.
On the positive side, James Martin is coming in in goal and Rhys Lewis, Damien Magee and Gio Carchedi are available for selection.
Albans believes his side can get a result.
He said: “Nantwich will be looking to finish in the play-off places this season. Their manager knows the league and what will be needed. We still think we can go there and get a result.
“We were the better side against Worksop, so much so that I was disappointed with 0-0 at half time.
“We dominated the first half. We had done our homework watching them play against North Ferriby and it showed.
“It is nice when things like that come off. We got into them early and didn’t let them settle.
“We didn’t switch off after half time and we played the conditions better than they did.
“Paul and Karl Demidh gave us lots of pace in the last third of the pitch and playing Ben (Saunders)deeper made him hard for them to mark.
“There will be times this season when we can play like that and get away with it, there will also be times when we can’t and we have to be prepared to take each game as it comes and pick the right team and tactics for that game.”