Grantham Town ready to kick off new season

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GRANTHAM Town go into the first match of their Evo-Stik League Division One South campaign on the back of an encouraging victory in the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire Shield at The Meres last Saturday.

The Gingerbreads bounced back from a 1-0 half time deficit against Stamford to win 3-2 and set up a mouth-watering final against Boston United. Bolstered by this victory, joint manager Wayne Hallcro said he wanted more of the same as Town take on Lincoln United in tomorrow’s season opener at Ashby Avenue.

Hallcro said: “We have a large squad available, but we will go with the best team on the day. That does not mean that someone who missed last week will or won’t be in the side. We can’t disregard the fact that in some ways, the team are used to each other and that does make a difference.

“The performance we put in against Stamford in the second half is the sort of thing we want more of.

“We are now in the position where we can just look at ourselves and concentrate on getting our game right. We don’t particularly look at other sides now. That is not being arrogant; we know if we get our game right, we put ourselves in with a chance against most sides in the division.”

Hallcro admitted that his and co-boss Jimmy Albans’ side have had to shuffle the back line in pre-season and have “looked unbalanced at times”, but he said that the new additions to the squad had given them strength in depth which could only be a good thing.

Hallcro said: “Changes of personnel at the back have led to goals going in against us. Even on Saturday, Phil Watt was not 100 per cent at ease.

“We have not had a consistent back three and that was one of the factors that helped us on our good run last season. The new additions have certainly added to the squad, but we have had to see what works best for us.

“This season is a bit like starting again with the new players. It shows where we are now, that players want to come and play for Grantham. It is up to us to keep the squad happy.”

l Match report and photos, page 86