We Smell Ginger!
Grantham Town will offer a very different challenge for the resurgent Imps tomorrow, although Jake Turner (At Grimsby Town) the ex-Imp keeper will not be trying to prove a point between the posts. Indeed an oft forgotten Lincolnshire derby could also be classed as the battle of the six-foot soldiers as two tall teams line up for what looks to be a clash of cultures. With the Imps shorn of our long-throw specialists and keen to play the ball along the ground, The Gingerbreads will be a test comparable to the Woking challenge on the opening day of the season proper. Remember kick-off is at 2 pm, with 3-400 set to travel (see bottom of article for cost & directions.)
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Grantham play at South Kesteven Sports Stadium a 7,500 capacity (750 seats at no extra charge) all purpose ground and viewing is from the sides only, due to the athletics track. The Gingerbreads play in the Northern Premier League, although chairman Peter Railton has funded much investment in the team after a disappointing 19th last term. Grantham are one of the oldest clubs in Lincolnshire, formed in 1874, together with the Mighty Imps they made up the old Midland Football Alliance back in the sepia days of the 1890’s.
Joint managers Gary Sucharewycz and Ian Robinson have amassed a very big and strong unit with great things expected this season. The six-foot plus gingerbread men are upbeat after three wins in a week (10-0 Real Utd, 2-0 Linby, 2-1 Sheffield FC) , but the victories have come at a cost. Nathan Watson awaits an x-ray and Jamie McGhee, Paul Lister and Romaine Graham all have niggles, but should play.
The managerial duo concluded transfer business early with the double signing of Romaine Graham and Paolo Pillerio both joining last month. Keeper and ex-Imp Jake Turner will not play as he sweats on a contract at Grimsby Town, so Danny Haystead will play. Trialist Kallum Keane could stake a claim for a contract on Saturday given Kallum Smith and Karl Demidh will carry suspensions into the start of the season proper.
Luke Foster is also aiming to cement a deal at the Imps although the defensive walking wounded may not help his cause with Fofana being turned into a makeshift centre-back faster than he anticipated at Harrogate on Tuesday night. Doubts continue over Miller, Brown Gray (thigh tweaks), with Boyce now added to the thigh-guy section in the treatment room. Todd Jordan is also nursing a nasty knock that could keep him out for 3 weeks.
Fairhurst could be set for a long-overdue start, if he can get in the site given the embarrassment of riches up front, after being eased in after recovering from a knock of his own. There is no malice in the squad but the full-on nature to a Simpson team sees everyone aware that effort will reap its justly earned rewards. There really is such a difference around the training ground compared to previous seasons as the TEAM LINCOLN ethos continues to blossom.
How do we get there and how much?
Satnav & Map here
Under 10 free with paying adult
There is no extra charge for Main stand seating.