First Away Trip for the Gingerbreads

First Away Trip for the Gingerbreads

By Callum Boyle
19 August
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Grantham will look to follow up Saturday’s impressive victory as they make the trip to Stafford Rangers on Tuesday night.

It was a start to remember for Grantham on Saturday as they came from 2-1 down to beat promotion contenders FC United of Manchester.

An early onslaught of pressure saw the Gingerbreads take the lead through Craig Westcarr in the seventh minute before the Red Rebels turned the game on its head to lead 2-1 at the break.

Paul Rawden and Russ Cousins’ decision to switch from a back three to a flat back four - admittedly, forced by an injury to Connor Bartle - paid off as Jacob Green, who was pushed further up the pitch, was fouled in the box.

Westcarr made it two for Grantham and two goals for himself as he confidently slotted home from the spot with 77 minutes to level the proceedings, allowing the momentum to swing into Grantham’s favour.

The deciding goal came two minutes from time as towering centre-half Tom Ward drilled the ball home to secure the three points for Grantham and send the black and white army into raptures.

Ward’s winner means Grantham currently sit in third place in the early league standings, and make the trip to Staffordshire on Tuesday night full of confidence.

Tuesday’s hosts couldn’t get off to a winning start as they fell to a 2-1 defeat away at Lancaster City.

After conceding two first-half goals, a debut goal from Evan Garnett was only enough to be a consolation for Rangers as they left Lancashire empty handed.

The Staffordshire side occupy 18th spot in the table currently and will look for an immediate bounce-back reaction as they play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season.

Grantham must be wary of two dangermen on Tuesday night in the shape of Louis Briscoe and Jake Charles.

Briscoe boasts Football League experiences as he made over 150 appearances for Mansfield Town, including an FA Trophy final appearance in 2011 as well as playing a role in Mansfield’s Conference Premier title win in 2013.

The latter Charles meanwhile was a former product of the Huddersfield Town academy whilst also having spells at Barnsley, York and Stalybridge Celtic. His ability to operate as a striker and a winger means he can be a handful in the opposition’s box.

Grantham boss Cousins has said his side has set the bar for performance levels ahead of the Tuesday night trip.

"We played really well on Saturday against a difficult opponent and in front of a good crowd of around 800 odd.

"We have set the bar in terms of performance levels and we have to play like that every week if we want to get results.

"We want to win every game. We know that's not always possible but we are going to have a really good go at it and try to get as many points as we can this season.

"There's no point in us playing like we did on Saturday if we aren't going to back it up on Tuesday. We will go to Stafford to try and win the game."

Connor Bartle will not be available for the trip due to the injury picked up on Saturday. Fortunately, the results from a scan are positive with the results revealing just a sprain. Depending on how the injury responds to treatment, Connor may be available for the FA Cup tie at Barton Town. There are no other injury concerns to report.

For those not making the trip, there will be updates through our social media channels.

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