Gingerbreads Continue Battle for Survival

Gingerbreads Continue Battle for Survival

By Callum Boyle
29th March
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Grantham return to the Meres this weekend as they face Witton Albion for the second time in three weeks.

Last Saturday was a point gained for Paul Rawden and Russ Cousins' men as they were to held to a 1-1 draw away at promotion chasing Nantwich Town - stopping the rot of three successive defeats.

Debutant striker Shane Benjamin made a scoring start to life at Grantham after he equalised in the 61st minute following a controversial decision from the referee to award the home side a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Although the game was one of relatively few chances, the Gingerbreads came away disheartened that they hadn't secured all three points. As a consequence of Saturday's result and North Ferriby's results being expunged , the Gingerbreads now sit 17th in the table and eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Witton Albion made it back-to-back draws last weekend in a 2-2 thriller at home to Basford and to make it only one loss in their last five games and cement their position in 10th in the table.

Only three weeks ago was the first meeting between the two sides this season with the Albion walking away with the three points, after a late goal broke the deadlock in what was a tight affair at Wincham Park.

Grantham boss Rawden believed his side gained a valuable point last weekend at Nantwich and that they should carry on the momentum into this weekend's game: "I thought it was a great point we won last week against a tough opposition." Rawden said.

"We looked very sharp, organised and worked well for each other which was really good for our momentum in the run in to the end of the season.

"We as a team must carry that into this weekend's game. We all know what they can do and how they can play as we saw not long ago, but I know that we have the confidence and the skill to get the win."

Rawden and Cousins made full use of the transfer deadline and bolstered their squad with two new signings in the form of defender Jake Green from Frickley Athletic and midfielder Niah Payne - formally of North Ferriby United.

Obaro Edobor has returned to the club following the end of his loan spell at Belper.

Unfortunately, Callum Coyle has picked up a groin injury, and won't be available for selection on Saturday.

Following an excellent performance on Saturday, Tom Ward has not been resting on his fitness laurels and has been doing sprints on Steep Hill in Lincoln before celebrating with a 'Rocky' style pose outside of the entrance to the Castle.

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