Gingerbreads Are Up for the Cup

Gingerbreads Are Up for the Cup

By Callum Boyle
23rd August
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The FA Cup is back this weekend as Grantham make the trip across Lincolnshire to face Barton Town.

Paul Rawden’s side continued their unbeaten start as they came from a goal down to gain a valuable point in a 1-1 stalemate.

Despite dominating the first half, it was the home side who took the lead before half time despite good efforts from Craig Westcarr and Jake Green.

AJ Adelekan made sure the points were shared as he got on the end of Craig Westcarr’s through ball after good work from Gregg Smith, to fire in off the crossbar and score his first goal in Grantham colours.

The result leaves Grantham fifth in the table with four points from two games.

Opponents Barton Town have already begun their FA Cup dream with a 3-2 win over Carlton Town in the Extra Preliminary round, however their league form has not been as impressive.

Playing in the Northern Counties East Premier League, The Swans have lost all three of their league games and currently sit 19th in the table.

Barton do boast former Football League experience in the shape of the experienced Craig Disley who made 234 appearances for Grimsby Town and is sure to keep the Barton midfield in order.

Ben Hinchcliffe is also the other man to watch out for from the opposition having scored five goals in four games, including two in the FA Cup win against Carlton Town and a hat-trick in a 4-3 defeat against Liversedge.

The Gingerbreads will be looking for an improvement on their FA Cup run this season after being knocked in the Second Qualifying Round replay following a 2-0 defeat at home to St Ives Town.

Grantham boss Rawden believes the FA Cup is one of the most magical parts about football and says his side want a good cup run.

“I think for anyone in football, the FA Cup is one of the most magical parts about football.

“It’s the one chance, especially working in a semi-professional club, to get that big headline or that memorable cup run for your club.

“We want to make it a memorable FA Cup for the fans this season and let them believe we can get that glamour first round tie.

“Last year wasn’t the best in terms of the cup for the side but I think we have learnt from the mistakes and are ready to give it our all.”

Connor Bartle is still a doubt for this weekend’s fixture after sitting out of Tuesday’s draw in which Michael Tweed deputised in Bartle’s absence.

There are no other injury concerns to report.

Castlegate Financial Management are Independent Financial Advisers working within the Duncan & Toplis group, specialising in investment advice and retirement planning, operating in Grantham, Lincoln and the wider Midlands. They can be contacted on 01476 591022 or visit their website

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