Trip to Top of the Table for the Gingerbreads

Trip to Top of the Table for the Gingerbreads

By Callum Boyle
2nd September
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It’s an early chance for Grantham to return to winning ways as they travel to the Peak District on Tuesday to face league leaders Matlock Town.

The Gingerbreads were brought back down to earth on Saturday with a 4-0 defeat at home to Whitby Town, which also saw Tom Ward sent off for a second bookable offence.

A first defeat of the season meant Paul Rawden and Russ Cousins’ side dropped to 10th in the table however, Grantham still have a game in hand on most teams around them.

Derbyshire side Matlock Town have enjoyed a near-perfect start to the season, although a 1-1 draw away to Ashton United ended the Gladiators’ 100% winning start.

Despite dropping points for the first time, Steve Kittrick’s men remain one point clear at the top ahead of second placed Hyde United in the early standings.

For Grantham striker Craig Westcarr, it’ll be a return to The Proctor Cars Stadium on Tuesday night where the former Notts County goalscorer had a spell, finding the net 16 times for Matlock last season.

Striker Marcus Marshall is the key player for the home side with the former Lincoln, Grimsby and Boston attacker one of the top scorers in the league with three goals – including Matlock’s goal in their draw on Saturday.

One player familiar face to Gingerbreads fans with be Andrew Wright who made the move to Derbyshire in the summer after a stint at Coalville Town last season.

Wright was a fan favourite at the Meres in the 2017/18 season where he played a pivotal role in the club’s memorable run to the play-off final.

Both sides also tasted victory against each other last season, with Matlock beating Grantham in a 7-0 win, however the Gingerbreads got revenge later in the season with a 2-0 home win under the stewardship of Rawden and Cousins.

Grantham boss Paul Rawden is hoping his side have learnt from their mistakes on Saturday and that they can put it right on Tuesday.

He said: “We are looking for a big reaction on Tuesday.''

“I am glad we are coming up against Matlock. Whilst they are still unbeaten as it will give us that extra incentive to go and end their run just like it happened to us on Saturday.

“They are a good side and will cause us problems. We need to be focused and disciplined at all times and show the level of performance we have in the games before Saturday to try and get a result.”

Craig Westcarr should be fit for Tuesday’s game despite being substituted at half time against Whitby with a tight hamstring. Defender Connor Bartle remains sidelined with the injury he suffered on the opening day of the season.

Tom Ward will be available despite being sent off on Saturday, with the defender set to miss the FA Cup tie at Nantwich Town on Saturday.

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