Smith misses Grantham Town’s trip to Droylsden

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Grantham Town will be missing first choice striker Greg Smith when they travel to Droylsden on Saturday looking to extend a five-match unbeaten run.

Joint manager Ian Robinson says it’s a blow to be without the bustling front man who scored the first goal in the 2-1 win over Trafford at The Meres on Saturday.

But Robinson is looking to the positives, pointing out that quality players are waiting in the wings, keen for their chance in the side.

He said: “Greg has been superb for us this season and his contribution to the side will be missed on Saturday.

“However, we are not a one-man team. It’s a chance for someone else to step into the shirt and show what they can do.

“We look dangerous from a number of areas around the pitch. We may play a slightly different way without Greg and Ash Burbeary, but in players like Massiah McDonald, Romaine Graham, Gary King, Paolo Piliero and Kallum Smith we have got good quality to come in.

“Paolo Piliero missed the game last weekend, but knows that he may get his chance this time around.

“We are going to Droylsden expecting a win. But we know we have got to work for it.”

Robinson and joint manager Gary Sucharewycz are pondering whether to go 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 on Saturday, but remaining solid at the back will be a priority.

Robinson said they face a hard choice at centre half.

He said: “Kern Miller and Paul Lister worked well against Trafford, as did Deon Miekle and Lister against Ilkeston.

“We have to go to Droylsden and perform everywhere on the pitch to get the three points.

“We have to be on our game week in, week out, against anybody.”

+ Grantham Town are next at home against Buxton on Tuesday night (October 15). Kick-off at The Meres is 7.45pm.