MoM Lee Willis-Dixon
Gimbles 1 – 4 Ancaster rams
MoM Sam Harris
Colsterworth 2 – 2 Black Dog
MoM: Ian Blanchard
Osbournby 1 – 2 Ropsley
Harrowby 4 – 0 Nobody
Jordan Jord x 2
MoM Greg Allen
MoM Lee Willis-Dixon
Gimbles 1 – 4 Ancaster rams
MoM Sam Harris
Colsterworth 2 – 2 Black Dog
MoM: Ian Blanchard
Osbournby 1 – 2 Ropsley
Harrowby 4 – 0 Nobody
Jordan Jord x 2
MoM Greg Allen
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William Barron x2
Nobodys 6-0 Grapes
Martin Marmy Nickerson x 4
Ashley Farmer x 2
Mom Michael Coghill and Kenny Cootes
Harrowby fc 1 Ancaster rams 2
Ancaster salmons 3 pointon3
Jack foyster x2
Ryan Carroll x1
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|The Royal Queen||12||7||1||4||42||31||11||22|
|Ancaster Athletic Rams||12||6||2||4||38||39||-1||20|
|Colsterworth Sports & Social||12||4||2||6||29||34||-5||14|
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|FC Osbournby Rangers||10||2||0||8||9||26||-17||6|
Martin McIntosh has been confirmed as manager of Grantham Town FC.
Since the resignation of Paul Rawden and his team, the club has had numerous people show interest in the vacancy. As a club, we have had to consider the short-term situation, as well as considering the longer term picture, and the Board swiftly came to the conclusion that we needed a well-established manager who has experience of the Northern Premier League, as well as success at this level of football.
After serious and detailed consideration, and following meeting with Martin, the Board came to the conclusion that he would be an excellent appointment for the football club. Martin’s knowledge and passion for the game was second to none and straight away we knew we could achieve great things together. Martin will take charge of Saturday’s game away at Atherton Colleries.
Martin made over 450 appearances in his career, starting in Scotland before making appearances in the Football League with Stockport County, Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town. He took his first steps in coaching in 2009, being named as first team coach at Rotherham, before taking the reins at Worksop Town in October 2010.
Subsequently, he had a six-year spell in charge at Buxton, leaving the Bucks in 2018. Since then, Martin has had spells lower down the pyramid at Ilkeston Town and Frickley Athletic.
Upon taking the reins, Martin has said, “I’m delighted at the opportunity and can’t wait to get started. We’ve got a lot of big games coming up and I’m really looking forward to it. We need to build a side that will fight for each other and pull us away from the drop zone. It’s still close down there but I’m fully focused on the challenge ahead”
“I met with the directors and I’m excited at their vision for the club. My immediate priority is the first team and then I’ll be working alongside Alex and the staff at the academy to try and give the young players an opportunity as we begin to build for next year”.
The Board would like to put on record their appreciation for Danny Racchi and Scott Goodwin, for the way they took on the task of interim managers, with their efforts duly rewarded on Saturday with a valuable three points. Danny will be staying on as captain, as we feel he has a big part to play in the future of our club.
In addition, the Board envisage a very bright future for Scott in the realm of football management with the drive and desire he has for the game, he will always be welcome at The Meres in the future., and departs with our best wishes and thanks.
Last night joint-manager Paul Rawden informed the club of his decision to step down as manager of Grantham Town Football Club.
Rawden who took charge of the Gingerbreads in February 2019, alongside Russell Cousins and Adam Smith, was bought in to keep the club in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, and achieved this aim, notably beating league leaders South Shields 2-1 at The Meres in their first game in charge.
Former Interim Chair Sophie Cope shared praise for the management team for riding the storm and supporting the club through one of the most difficult times the club has seen of late.
“I’m disappointed to see the guys go, I genuinely am. They’ve took a lot of flack recently which in my opinion was unjustified. I still stand by my decision to keep Paul and Russ as managers who at the time were our best option for staying up. We now have new investors who have the resources available to make changes and the two guys have paved way for that to happen.”
“It goes without saying that we wish Paul, Russ and Adam all the best in their future endeavours”
Danny Racchi will take charge of training tonight and Saturday’s game with Stalybridge Celtic, whilst discussions are ongoing to fill the vacant managerial post as soon as practically possible.
Grantham Town FC interim chair Sophie Cope has broken the silence on the behind the scenes at the club.
In a statement issued this week she says…
There has been a lot of negativity at the club over the past 4 to 6 weeks and it’s taken its toll on a lot of people. Tough decisions have been made on a weekly basis and they’ve not been taken lightly, but always with the best interests of the club at their core.
We are constantly assessing the situation and are aware of all the statistics but we have to face facts and be realistic in our decision making. The current reality is the football club has been operating in this league for the past three / four years on one of the lowest budgets in the league and football has moved on around us. We’ve been punching above our weight for so long but now we find ourselves struggling to remain competitive. It is also worth remembering that there are several teams in our league who have aspirations to play in the Football League, and are resourcing themselves to achieve those aims as quickly as possible.
Last season we hired and fired managers and never really got going. We had players coming in that struggled with the standard of NPL-level football, and despite an inconsistent season, narrowly escaped relegation. This season we’ve stuck with a management team who are working on a shoestring budget, but despite being the lowest budget in the league they have brought in quality players from this level and the league above. Yes, we’ve had a lot of players in and out, but we’ve got the nucleus now of a very good young side who in time, with patience and support, will without doubt be a team to watch.
We now have 15 games to steady the ship and I’m urging the fans to get behind the players, the management team and the board to push the club through these difficult times. We can stay at this level if we pull together and get behind the team; the away support at Bamber Bridge on Saturday being an excellent example of the fans that travelled getting behind the team.
We are now in advanced discussions and negotiations with three new potential investors, who are well connected, both with local businesses and in football, and could prove excellent additions to the fabric of this football club. It’s been said many times before but if the Town doesn’t get behind the football team, then there will be no football team. Any club is worth nothing without its fans and vice versa.
A lot of the people currently work hard behind the scenes (daily) do it all voluntarily and some of the comments that I’ve read on social media have been very hard to take. I’ve asked myself over the past few weeks why we continue to invest our time effort and money to ensure we have a football club? The answer is simple – for the love of our football club.
If we can get the deal over the line and agree a deal to bring the investors in, it will be the biggest shake-up off the field for a number of years and will be the beginning of a new era for our football club, which is what everyone connected with the Gingerbreads will want.
Four boys from Grantham’s King’s School represented the East Midlands team at the U14s Inter-Regional Water Polo Championships last weekend. Hosted in the West Midlands, at Walsall Gala Baths, Thomas Perks, Sam Leveridge, Kaelin Smith and George Stephenson joined fellow East Midland team mates in a fierce battle against the toughest selection across the country.
Twelve regional teams were competing in the two day event which saw the East Midlands beat Wales 4:2 and the East 10:1, before a close battle with Ireland losing 4:6, and a hard fought game against overall winners, North West Tigers. Despite being equal at half-time, they were put under pressure and had some challenges in the second half, leading to defeat. Their final game against Scotland left them winning at half time, until a tough final few minutes where they lost 8:9.
East Midlands U14 Manager, Debbie Blaze, said “All the boys supported each other and played as a team. They certainly made their presence known.” Head coach, Joe Leveridge and assistant coach Jon Lane, praised the boys determination and commitment to the sport adding that a final score does not reflect how well the boys played together and how impressed they were with their over-all performance over a very long weekend against some of the best players in the country.
Kieran Wells has left Grantham Town and joined Ilkeston Town. He signed for the Gingerbreads from Hednesford last month.
The Derbyshire club’s Head coach Martin Carruthers said of the striker’s signing: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed Kieran.
“Mark and I have worked with him in the past at Basford and he has always scored goals at every level he has played at.
“His energy, enthusiasm and personality will ensure he becomes a real crowd-pleaser and fans’ favourite I’m sure. I have followed him closely over the past few seasons and he has developed and improved as a player.
“He will become a real asset to the club. Welcome to Ilkeston, Kieran.”
Ancaster Salmons FC 2 – 2 Ancaster Athletic Rams FC
Gimbles FC 7 – 1 Pointon Sunday FC
HMP Stocken FC 4 – 2 Colsterworth Sports & Social
Harrowby Athletic FC 3 – 2 The Royal Queen FC
Nobody Inn Athletic 2 – 4 Ropsley FC
POS P W D L GD PTS
1 Ropsley FC 11 10 0 1 42 30
2 HMP Stocken FC 10 8 2 0 44 26
3 Harrowby Ath 8 6 1 1 23 19
4 Ancaster Rams 9 4 2 3 -7 14
5 Royal Queen 7 4 0 3 6 12
6 Nobody Inn 7 3 1 3 11 10
7 Ancaster Salmon 9 4 1 4 1 10*
8 Colsterworth 9 3 1 5 -5 10
9 Gimbles FC 9 3 0 6 -5 9
10 Grapes FC 9 2 1 6 -33 7
11 Black Dog FC 8 1 3 4 -18 6
12 Osbournby Rang 7 1 0 6 -13 3
13 Pointon Sunday 9 1 0 8 -46 3
Table detail * adjustment made
Paul and Russ signed two players to join The Gingerbreads following last night’s training session.
First in is Striker Kieran Wells, who joins us from Hednesford Town. Kieran started his career at Ollerton Town. Following that, he has had spells with Belper Town, Basford United, Handsworth Parramore (where he scored 63 in 79 games) and Stamford.
Kieran said “I’m really looking forward to getting going. It’s a new chapter for me, and I’m playing in a squad with a vast amount of experience. The lads are wanting to make up for what happened last week, and I’m ready to play my part”
Also joining the Gingerbreads is Brad MacGowan. The central defender joins from Frickley Athletic after being released from Boston United in the summer. Obviously, Brad is no stranger to The Meres after he joined us during pre-season of 2015/16 and playing a prominent role before signing for Conference North Alfreton Town in December 2015.
Both players go into the squad for tomorrow’s game at Nantwich.
Welcome to the club Kieran and welcome back Brad!
Teenage swimmer Freya Colbert has capped off a season of national and international success by being selected for British Swimming’s prestigious Podium Potential programme.
For 15 year-old Freya, it’s a life-changing opportunity that could ultimately lead to selection for the Olympic Games – either Paris 2024 or possibly even Tokyo 2020.
The KGGS pupil has been on British Swimming’s talent pathway for a number of years but her inclusion on the Podium programme – and associated funding – at such a young age is a giant leap forward.
Freya is one of a group of eight emerging junior swimmers from around the UK who made their mark this summer at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia and the European Youth Olympics in Baku, Azerbaijan, and have all been put on the road to podium success.
But Freya, who came home to Grantham with five silver medals from the competitions, is keeping focused and not letting her recent achievements go to her head.
“I’m so pleased to have been selected,” she said, “It’s a fantastic honour to have been chosen, and I’m looking forward to all the opportunities it will open up for me in terms of my training. I’m really going to make the most of it so I can carry on learning and improving as much as possible.”
As well as training with Nottingham’s Nova Centurion swimming club six times a week, Freya can also be seen ploughing up and down the public lane at the Meres.
Nova director of swimming Nathan Hilton said: “She’s had an amazing summer. There aren’t many people who operate at that level.
“But it’s not surprising when you see what she does on a day-to-day basis and the routine and overall lifestyle she has to lead to deliver that.”
“Freya is already ranked highly as a senior swimmer in the 400IM, 200 free and 800 free. She learns and develops quicker than her peers, which is why she ends up in front.”
The teenager’s next challenge – apart from studying for 11 GCSEs – is a tough Japanese Development Camp out in Mount Fuji in December with British Swimming, ahead of Olympic trials at the British Championships in London next March.
scorers Sam Cobb Dale, Weatherstone x2
Queen man of match Dale Weatherstone
(Postponed Waterlogged Pitch)
Grantham could move into the play-off places with a win on Tuesday night as they host Ashton United at the Meres.
It was an excellent afternoon for Grantham fans on Saturday as they romped to victory in a 4-0 win at home to Radcliffe.
An own goal and a Tom Ward header gave the Gingerbreads a two goal advantage at half time, before Andy Wright scored in the first game on his return to the Meres, before debutant Francois Zoko put on the gloss on a comprehensive victory.
The ruthless display from Paul Rawden’s side allowed them to move two places up the table to sixth and remain out of the play-off places on goal difference only, with ten games played in the BetVictor NPL.
Tuesday night’s opponents Ashton United are back in the NPL this season following one season in the National League North.
Jody Banim’s side were involved in a six goal thriller as they were held to a 3-3 draw away to Hyde United on Saturday to leave Ashton 18th in the table and only a point above the relegation zone.
Steven Tames will provide the main threat for the travelling side with his natural instincts in front of goal. Tames joined Ashton from Welsh Premier League side Bala Town where he scored 17 times in 21 appearances and also featured in the Europa League Qualifying Round for them.
Tames has also had experience at this level in a spell for Witton Albion where he scored 49 goals in 90 appearances.
Grantham boss Paul Rawden was extremely impressed with his team’s performance over the weekend and is hoping for more of the same on Tuesday.
He said: “I couldn’t ask for anything better than what I saw on Saturday.
“It’s what we need to be like every game from start to finish. Playing with high intensity and showing our quality in the final third.
“Ashton have goals in them, they proved that this weekend but if we win our individual battles and play as a team, there is absolutely no reason why we can’t go and get another three points.”
Jacob Green is a doubt for Tuesday’s game after he pulled out of Saturday’s win in the warm-up due to injury. Tuesday’s game may come too soon for Connor Bartle who is working his way back to full fitness.
A familiar face has re-signed for the Gingerbreads this week in the shape of Andrew Wright
Paul Rawden has been busy this week and has secured the return of Andrew Wright following his recent release from Matlock Town.
Andrew needs no introduction to Gingerbreads supporters, following his loan spell in 2016/17, which he made permanent in the summer of 2017. ‘Wrighty’ went on to claim double figures in all competitions from midfield, as the Gingerbreads narrowly missed out on promotion to the National League North.
Andrew then repeated his goalscoring exploits the following season at Coalville Town, before moving back to the Northern Premier League with Matlock Town in the summer. However, his spell at the Gladiators has been cut short, with Paul Rawden acting swiftly to bring Andrew back to The Meres for a third spell.
A pleased Rawden commented, “I know what Andy is all about, and for someone relatively young, has bags of experience at this level. I also know the fans will be delighted to see him back in the black and white and scoring goals, as well as his energetic performances from the centre of the park”.
Welcome back Wrighty!
Paul Rawden has brought in an experienced face to bolster the squad and his coaching team.
The Gingerbreads are delighted to welcome Francois Zoko to the club, as he takes the position of Player / First Team Coach, as well as taking up a Football in the Community role.
Francois is an Ivory Coast youth international who started his career in France, with spells in Belgium and Turkey, before moving to England in 2010, where he has garnered a wealth of football league experience, either as a winger or striker. His clubs include Carlisle United, Notts County, Blackpool, Bradford City, and most recently Yeovil Town. Paul Rawden added, “Francois will be a great asset for the club, both on and off the pitch. His professionalism and knowledge will really benefit the younger players in the squad. I’m delighted!”
As a consequence of the new arrival, the Gingerbreads are delighted to announce that Adam Smith will be moving up to Player / Assistant Manager. Congratulations Adam on your new role.
Francois will be available for selection for tomorrow’s game against Radcliffe.
Welcome to the Gingerbreads Francois!
By Callum Boyle
After a break from league action over the weekend, Grantham are back at the Meres on tonight as they welcome Mickleover Sports.
It wasn’t a weekend to remember for the Gingerbreads as they were knocked out of the FA Cup in a 3-1 defeat away to Nantwich Town.
After the hosts went a goal ahead, Craig Westcarr returned from injury to fire home and level the proceedings at the Weaver Stadium before half time.
Sadly, an injury depleted squad couldn’t hold on and the home side added two goals in the second half to consign Paul Rawden’s side to FA Cup defeat.
Tuesday night’s visitors Mickleover Sports also tasted FA Cup defeat as they fell to a 3-0 loss away to Stafford Rangers.
However, it has been a positive start for the Derby-based side as they currently sit in eighth place – three places higher than the Gingerbreads after five games played each so far.
Player-manager of Mickleover John McGrath has a blend of youth and experience to pick from his side. Two of his most experienced players are central defender Pablo Mills and striker Lee Hughes who both have significant Football League experience.
Striker Jack Storer, a former Birmingham City academy graduate, provides the youth in McGrath’s side with his tireless presence up front.
The Sports also have a former Gingerbread in their ranks in the shape of winger Ben Fairclough who had a spell at Grantham, initially on loan from Boston United, before signing permanently.
New Grantham striker Chib Chilaka will also be a familiar face to the away supporters having had a short stint at Station Road. Chib will be available for selection having been cup-tied on Saturday.
Grantham boss Paul Rawden was disappointed with his team’s display in Cheshire and expects vast improvement on Tuesday night.
He said: “We were way too far off our expectations for performance levels last time out.
“It is vital that whoever is in the squad on Tuesday goes out and gets both a positive result and delivers a good show for the fans to get us back on track.
“They have some players who know the league well and have played at higher divisions just like we do. We need to be intelligent with the ball and have confidence in ourselves.”
The Gingerbreads have injury concerns with regards to AJ Adelekan, Rob Atkinson and Connor Bartle. However, Tom Ward is also available to return having been suspended over the weekend.
After impressing as Trialist 2 on Saturday in the Gingerbreads’ win against Ilkeston Town
Jacob (Jake) rejoins The Gingerbreads after initially coming in at the end of last season from Frickley Athletic..
He was at Matlock Town before that, scooping the Young Player of the Year award in 2017/18, having previously played for Kidderminster Harriers.
Gingerbreads Manager, Paul Rawden “Jake did exactly what we wanted on Saturday, he defended well and he got forward to create. Obviously we are well aware of what we can do when we slotted straight into the side last season. We’ve seen on social media that Supporters recognised him and were impressed too. We’re delighted that once again he’s part of our squad”
Before training this week, Michael Tweed agreed to stay with The Gingerbreads.
He joined from Nuneaton Borough at the start of the Rawden and Cousins reign last season, and went on to make 13 appearances for the Club, becoming a fan favourite with his energetic displays. The midfielder started his career on the books of Queens Park Rangers before joining Nuneaton.
Paul Rawden said “We know what we’re getting with Tweedy, he’s a grafter in the middle of the park. He’ll get up and down all day long, providing us with energy and intensity . We’re really pleased to have him back.”
After training Michael said “Knowing Paul and Russ as I do, it wasn’t a difficult decision to stay with them and the Club for this season. We’ve seen which other players have signed up and it’s shaping up to be a really good squad. Training tonight was a good session, everyone has a great attitude and we’re looking forward to the start of the season.”
The Gingerbreads have launched their Home and Away shirts for the 2019/20 season.
The Kappa-made home shirt stays with the traditional black and white stripes, but this season has a wider stripe compared to previous iterations. The away shirt is charcoal grey. Sizes available start at children’s (8 years) through to adult 4XL sizing. Prices start at £19.99
Both kits feature the D-Tech Electrical Contractors logo after they committed their sponsorship of The Gingerbreads into a fourth season.
Grantham Director, Sophie Cope “We’re so pleased to continue with D-Tech, this summer has been really productive and encouraging with more local sponsors coming on board. Having a long-term main sponsor certainly helps, especially a company we have a long-standing relationship with.”
D-Tech’s Jason Heppleston added “We at D-Tech Electrical Ltd are once again proud to be the main sponsors of Grantham Town Football Club. We firmly believe in supporting the club and seeing continued success within the club.”
The club have also secured a back of shirt sponsor, which will be announced very soon.
The club’s online shop is now open and along with the replica shirts, training kit is available to purchase. Visit the shop by clicking below