Tonight, a team mainly made up of those players who have played the least minutes and trialists head to Nottingham Senior League side Cotgrave. Kick off is 7.30pm.
Tomorrow see’s the third place play off for the South Kesteven Charity Cup. Kick-off is 1pm at The Meres against Bourne Town, Admission is £5 for Adults, £4 Concessions and U16s Free. The Gingerbread Venue 1874 will be open from 11:30am. Paul Rawden explained “Both matches give us chance to see players get more minutes and to show us what they can do within a match.”
Rawden went onto his thoughts on the last two pre-season friendlies. “The first half on Saturday at Harrowby was nowhere near good enough from us. Yes, their keeper made some great saves and there were some questionable offside decisions, but we had big words at half time. Second half we threw everything at it, we got the ball down we moved it wide, we got the ball in, but we didn’t get any luck. We must give credit to Harrowby though they defended very well and put their bodies on the line. The movement for Rodrigo Silva for the goal was brilliant, he nipped round the defenders to flick it in. He’s young and very willing to learn from those around him. He’s a credit to the Academy. As we know penalties are a lottery, someone is going to lose. On Saturday it was us”
On Tuesday night The Gingerbreads nipped up the A1 to take on Newark Flowserve who included a number of former Grantham players including Tom Potts, Danny Meadows and Kyle Dixon. After going into half time trailing by 2 goals, Rawden and Cousins made several changes. “We partnered Rodrigo with Craig Westcarr this time, whereas on Saturday we tried him alongside Gregg Smith.” The changes paid off as at full time, The Gingerbreads won 3-2. The opening goal came from some good hold up play from Rodrigo on the left-hand side of the box and his cross found Westcarr’s head to beat the keeper. The second came after The Gingerbreads had 4 or 5 chances which Flowserve could not clear, the ball fell to James Berrett at the edge of the box to fire home. The winner came after Rodrigo was tripped over in the box, Craig Westcarr was able to power the penalty beyond the keeper. Rawden added “We again weren’t good enough in the first half, we gave them plenty of time on the ball. The penalty, Flowserves first, looked a bit dubious and we've been done big a great ball across the pitch and a smart finish for the second one. Westy and Rodrigo looked good together, we’re trying different things across pre-season as it’s all about finding the best combinations so we’re ready for the start of the season against FC United of Manchester. The club tell me we’re looking for a Match Sponsor that day, so if anyone is interested get in touch”