GRANTHAM Town’s first pre-season friendly at Lincoln Moorlands tomorrow is just what is needed says joint manager Wayne Hallcro.
The Gingerbreads began training at The Meres last week and Hallcro said that a full 90-minute match would be just the ticket to help eliminate players’ nerves.
Hallcro said: “We finished the season well last time out and now a game is the best thing for us. The lads know what their jobs are but it is time to find out what is different on the pitch and work on the new partnerships.”
With pretty much all of last season’s successful play-off final making squad still intact, new additions to the Grantham line-up have also been impressing Hallcro, Paul Grimes in particular, as well as a couple of familiar names.
Hallcro said: “Paul Grimes has been looking fantastic in training. Him and Ben are getting on OK and we will be working on shape to start properly establishing playing relationships.
“Gary Sucharewycz has also been training and has shown no reaction to the injury he had at the end of last season. He has only missed one of the three sessions, but is raring to go. Matt Millns has not been able to make any of the sessions so far, but the ball is in his court to come back to us.
“Niall O’Rafferty has been training with us, but is keeping his options open at the moment. Steve Melton has also come along, but he has a calf injury that means he will be a bit hit and miss over the next three to four weeks. He is getting treatment from Nigel [Marshall] but is a bit off 100 per cent fitness. He wants to be part of things here, but we will play it by ear.”
Hallcro said he expected the new signings to play most of the game at Moorlands tomorrow so that he and co-boss Jimmy Albans can start thinking about which player combinations would be available to them. He also said that getting feedback from the new players would provide useful information from new pairs of eyes.
Hallcro said: “We need to start thinking about our possible best starting 11. Wholesale changes always take time to bed in properly, but now we have lads who know their jobs and what to expect from their team-mates. We need to maintain the partnerships and continue working in pairs. The more we can carry over from last season, the better.
“The lads know each other now and that can help to carry on the shape we built up last season. We do need to know who can play where, but we certainly don’t want anyone to feel like they are a triallist.
“The squad we have is what we want to take into the season. They have all earned the right to be here and every one of them is a potential starter on August 13.”
Squad: Rob Murray, Alistair Asher, Sam Purcicoe, Phil Watt, Gary Sucharewycz, Lee Potts, Grant Brindley, Scott Helliwell, Wayne Hallcro, Chris Glarvey, Jamie McGhee, Rhys Lewis, Gio Carchedi, Matt Glass, Ben Saunders, Rob Norris, Tris Whitman, Paul Grimes, Dennis Rhule.