League Leaders Visit the Gingerbreads

League Leaders Visit the Gingerbreads

By Callum Boyle
12th April
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Grantham will look to continue their good form this weekend as table toppers Farsley Celtic make the trip from Leeds to the Meres.

It was another hard earn point for the Gingerbreads on the road last week as they came away from the lengthy trip to Lancaster with a 1-1 draw.

Jordan Adebayo-Smith made it a perfect start for the Gingerbreads - slotting the ball past Lancaster keeper Jack Sims just three minutes in, after Jack McGovern played the ball through for the striker to run in on goal.

It looked as if Grantham would hold on to the three points until the 87th minute when Lancaster substitutes Luke Jordan and Charlie Bailey linked up well together as Bailey volleyed Jordan's cut back past Grantham goalkeeper Sam Andrew to give the sides the share of the spoils.

Despite the late goal, both sides pushed for the winner, the hosts thumped the bar and the Gingerbreads laid siege to the Lancaster goal, with numerous shots blocked or saved.

Paul Rawden's Grantham side have now made it three games without defeat and edge closer to survival - sitting 15th in the table and clear of the relegation zone by nine points with four games left to play. However, three points on Saturday would ensure that the Gingerbreads will be playing Evo-Stik Premier football next season, regardless of other results.

League leaders Farsley Celtic have performed excellently this season and remain in pole position to win the league as they lead closest rivals for the title, South Shields, by just one point.

Form has been no problem for the Villagers of late - winning their last five fixtures including a crucial 2-1 win at home to Stafford Rangers on Tuesday night to move them one step closer to winning the league.

Goals have also been in abundance for the West Yorkshire side who are the second top goalscorers in the league with 73 - 27 of those goals coming from strikers James Spencer and Nathan Cartman.

Grantham know they can go toe to toe with the visitors this weekend though, having played out a 1-1 draw with Farsley Celtic in January after a Charlie Ward equaliser seven minutes from time earnt the Gingerbreads a well deserved point.

The Gingerbreads will be confident coming into the game as well knowing that they have taken points from all of the top five sides in the league - excluding third placed Warrington Town.

Grantham boss Rawden believes that home advantage could play a big part this weekend and that they want to stop an in-form Farsley in their tracks: "They're on a bit of a roll at the minute and can't stop winning games at the moment but that doesn't mean we can't stop them.

"Being at home, we have a great support who will make noise and get behind the boys to help see them over the line and hopefully get three points.

"Just like them, we are in a good run of form too and we are also fighting for something at a late stage in the season.

"Our lads can match any team on their day and we will have to be at our best for sure if we want to get the win."

Midfielder Danny Brooks may not be risked this weekend after he was substituted early last weekend after suffering an injury which required a trip to A+E.

If you watched the Boat Race on Sunday, you may of noticed a swimmer behind the boats. We can now reveal that this was Tom Ward, who completed the 4 mile route in a personal best time. The rest of the week he's been resting up ahead of the match tomorrow.

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 www.casfin.co.uk

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