BOSS Wayne Hallcro says he and joint manager Jimmy Albans are loving their tenure at the helm of Grantham Town.
The Gingerbreads are riding on the crest of a wave, with Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Romulus extending their unbeaten run in the Evo-Stik League Division One South to 14 games. Town’s run includes home and away 5-2 victories and they have not lost in the league since October 30.
Hallcro said that, aside from the results achieved, it had been the highlight of the duo’s managerial careers. He said: “Not only are players listening to us and putting it into practice on the pitch, it is even better that things we are telling them are coming off now as well.
“We will continue to make decisions which are the best for the team. Jimmy and I are loving it at the moment, long may that continue.”
Hallcro said that the Gingerbreads must firstly concentrate on picking up points in home games if the good run of form is to continue. Grantham are among a raft of play-off hopefuls who are by coincidence all having to play each other at the moment.
Hallcro said: “Every game at the moment is like a cup final. We will pick the team as ‘horses for courses’. We might make changes, but they will hopefully be our choices.”
Town won at Romulus on Saturday with a last gasp penalty at the end of a tough encounter. Hallcro said that the West Midlands side’s management had paid the Grantham bench a compliment as to the organisation of the Gingerbreads defence.
Hallcro said: “We did OK at Romulus. All over the pitch we won our individual battles. It was always going to be the sort of game that if you can get everyone pulling in the right direction, you will give yourselves a chance of winning the game.
“We asked Alistair Asher to try to get in front of the player when the ball was played in and Phil Watt to get behind. That way we were in with a chance of cutting off the supply to their font line.”
Matt Glass and Gio Carchedi were on the bench on Saturday, with the latter coming on for Jamie McGhee and winning the penalty that led to victory. New signing Tyrone Kirk (see page 94) missed the game due to illness after signing on Friday, but is expected to make his debut against Rushall Olympic at The Meres tomorrow.
Competition for places is high, with Kirk, Niall O’Rafferty and Sam Kirton all chomping at the bit. Chris Glarvey is away on a UEFA coaching course, and Hallcro said that they were all eager to show what they were capable of.
Hallcro said: “They will have to work hard and take their chance when it comes, and keep up the pressure on those in the shirt now.”