Gingerbreads head to Halesowen

Gingerbreads head to Halesowen

By Callum Boyle
8 November
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Grantham return to cup action this weekend as they face Halesowen Town in the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round on Saturday.

The Gingerbreads head to The Grove on Saturday, competing in their third different competition in eight days.

Goals from James Berrett and Remaye Campbell in the first half were enough to seal the points on Saturday to beat Scarborough Athletic 2-1, and take Paul Rawden’s side up to eighth in the table.

Remaye Campbell was on the scoresheet again on Tuesday night, as the Gingerbreads exited the Lincolnshire Senior Cup, losing 4-2 to Vanarama North Boston United. Craig Westcarr also scored on Tuesday to continue his excellent goalscoring form.

Halesowen only found out their fate in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night as they overcame local side Stamford AFC in a replay, where The Yeltz ran out 3-0 winners at Borderville, following a 2-2 draw in the original tie.

The Gingerbreads progressed to this stage with a thrilling 5-3 win over Rushall Olympic, coming back from 2-0 and 3-2 down, as well as having ten men for the entire second half.

The home side have been performing well this season, sitting third in the BetVictor Southern Division One Central and are eight points behind league leaders Corby Town.

Oddly, the Gingerbreads have faced Halesowen twice in the last two seasons in the FA Trophy, the Yeltz running out 4-0 winners last season, and the Gingerbreads winning 1-0 in 2017.

One player the Grantham backline will need to keep an eye on for the home side is striker Montel Gibson.

The forward is in red-hot form this season with 17 goals from 19 games in all competitions and if anybody is likely to find the back of the net for the Yeltz in front of their fans, Gibson is high up on the list.

Grantham boss Rawden is wary of the talent Halesowen have as Grantham make the trip to The Grove and knows that his side will have to be at their best to win.

He said: “Saturday is going to be a different kind of test for us and with it being a cup game, one where I’m expecting both teams to have a really good go at it and win the tie on the day."

“They have a big threat up front as they’ve a striker who has a lot of goals, but they also have quality throughout the rest of the pitch."

“That said, we've put in some good performances recently, and if we can maintain the standards we've set, we know we have goals in us, and we can progress into the next round.”

Grantham will line up with a new centre-back partnership after Tom Ward departed for Kings Lynn Town earlier in midweek. AJ Adelekan continues his return from injury - featuring in the game at York Street on Tuesday.

Rawden and Russ Cousins aren’t expected to have any fresh injury concerns.

As ever, there will be updates from the game on the usual social media channels.

Should a replay be required, this will be on Tuesday night at The Meres

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