Manchester United stars could be among crowd at Grantham Town’s clash with Salford City
Grantham Town are hoping for a bumper crowd for the visit to The Meres of BBC ‘Class of 92’ TV programme team Salford City this Saturday.
Eagle-eyed football fans might be able to spot the club’s joint owners – Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers – should they turn up to the match.
The games comes a week before Salford’s big FA Cup showdown with Hartlepool United.
‘The Ammies’ have four fairly prolific goal scorers in Richard Allen, Jordan Hulme, Dan Webber and James Poole.
And they have now been joined by the newest recruit at Moor Lane – striker Tom Peers – on a month’s loan from Chester FC. He scored on his debut in Salford’s 1-0 win at Stamford on Saturday.
It was the Gingerbreads’ turn to defeat Stamford in midweek and they stamped their authority on the game more than Salford were able – which could bode well for Saturday
Grantham Town generally dominated in Tuesday night’s local derby at Stamford, who are now managed by former Harrowby United boss Graham Drury.
Well rested following Saturday’s postponement at Darlington, the Gingerbreads extended their run of straight league wins to three games on the bounce.
But it was looking more promising for the home side at start of the game at the Zeeco Stadium when the Daniels stunned the Gingerbreads by snatching an early lead.
Jake Duffy took a corner in the 10th minute and after Paul Malone’s header was initially blocked, former Grantham man Greg Smith smashed the ball home.
The visitors were determined to get back into it, though, and striker Ben Saunders had a couple of chances when he hit the bar and then the post.
Daniels custodian Ashley Timms did well to keep out a Lee Shaw effort but he could not stop the equaliser arriving on 24 minutes, Danny Meadows bending in a good finish.
At the other end, Tom McGowan went close to restoring Stamford’s lead and just before the interval Duffy missed a good chance.
Town had a perfect start to the second half, but it was truly a disaster for the Daniels as they fell behind just two minutes after the restart when Michael Hollingsworth side-footed home .
Grantham’s domination was increasingly evident and they missed a further chance to extend their advantage before sealing the points in the 63rd minute after Smith conceded a free kick.
The long range kick from Meadows was parried by Timms and Shaw pounced on the loose ball to score to seal a comfortable victory for the Gingerbreads.
Grantham Town: Turner, Meadows, Emmott, Hollingsworth, McGowan, Purcicoe, McGhee (Beckett, 84), Lewis, Shaw, Saunders, Harris (A. Kirby 90). Subs: Gorman, Sweeting. Att: 383.
Kick-off for the Salford City game is 3pm at The Meres.