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.”
Results for Sunday 24th November
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.
Royal Queen 3-0 Grapes
scorers Sam Cobb Dale, Weatherstone x2
Queen man of match Dale Weatherstone
Colsterworth Sports & Social Club 7 v 2 Pointon Sunday
FC Osbournby Rangers 0 v 3 Ropsley FC
Ancaster Athletic Rams FC v Stocken FC
Nobody Inn Athletic FC v Harrowby Athletic FC
(Postponed Waterlogged Pitch)
Gimbles FC v Nobody Inn Athletic Res FC
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
The 22nd of September 2019 will see the inaugural Jon Egging Trust Ride (JETRide) launch from the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell.
JETRide is a cycle sportive that will give cyclists the option to ride either a 50 or 80 mile route, heading off into the beautiful, rolling Lincolnshire countryside.
The ride starts and finishes beside The Royal Air Force College Hall, around 6 miles to the West of Sleaford. It is an imposing and impressive building, and at the end of the ride cyclists will have the opportunity to ride around the smooth red tarmac circle that forms the parade ground from which Royalty and British heroes such as Douglas Bader have graduated at the end of their Officer Training.
For those that aren’t of a cycling ilk, a sportive is a long distance, non-competitive ride, and this one will include individual timing, feed-stations, and a fully signed route that will take in some of the quietest and most picturesque roads that Lincolnshire has to offer. As well as the physical challenge of riding a long distance, JETRide will allow riders to experience the thrill of riding within a large group, get fit and have a great day out.
The charity that the ride is supporting, The Jon Egging Trust, is a youth engagement organisation that was founded by Dr Emma Egging in 2012 after her husband Jon lost his life when he crashed at Bournemouth whilst flying as Red 4 in the RAF’s famous aerobatic team, The Red Arrows.
The Trust aims to help young people that may not benefit from the opportunities that most youngsters are given. It does this by developing teamwork, confidence, leadership and initiative; the aim of JETRide is to raise awareness and funds for this incredibly worthy charity. If you want a challenge in 2019, why not sign up for the event? Once you sign up you can take advantage of a training plan provided by JETRide coach Mark Griffin, and enjoy nutritional expertise from pro cyclist, Claire Steels. Anyone can do it, even if you haven’t cycled long distances previously! To see the routes, what you can expect from the day and to get involved, visit www.joneggingtrust.org.uk/JETRide and get involved!!
As the brand-new 2019-20 season draws ever closer, publication of fixtures lists for all three senior Kesteven Rugby Club teams – Men’s 1st and 2nd, and Ladies – are focusing hearts and minds as pre-season preparations continue.
Kesteven Ladies will be Kesteven Rugby Club’s first senior team to open their 2019-20 season account. In an historic match for the Club, the side will make their Women’s NC 2 North (East) league debut against league stalwarts, and local rivals, Sleaford Ladies away on Sunday 8 September.
The Black Army Ladies’ first league match promises to be a gripping derby to open the season. This inaugural league match is scheduled exactly a year after Kesteven Ladies’ first-ever competitive game in the Cockburn Lucas 4 Women-sponsored shirt – also against Sleaford Ladies.
Says Kesteven’s Head Forwards Coach, Nathan Smith, who refereed that day: “Officiating at Kesteven Ladies’ first match last September was one of the proudest moments of my career. Kesteven Ladies lost that encounter, but rugby is not all about winning. The progress everyone has made over the last 12 months and their team spirit have been impressive.
“The squad is definitely planning that all the hard work they and the coaching team have put in over the past 12 months will pay off in a competitive match and worthy first league appearance. Win or lose, we know that 8th September will be a big cause for celebration, and another emotional special day for us all at Kesteven Rugby Club.”
Kesteven Rugby Club Men’s campaigns kick off on 14 September
In what is sure to be another enthralling curtain-raiser to 2019-20, Kesteven Men’s 1st XV opener takes them to Mansfield in an away game on Saturday 14 September.
Pulling on their Price Whiting Hodgson Financial Planning-sponsored shirts, the Men’s 1st XV will seek to assert dominance over the Nottinghamshire side, who ended last season ninth in the league – four places behind Kesteven’s fifth.
League rugby union returns to Kesteven Rugby Club’s Woodnook ground for the first time in the 2019-20 season the next day, when Kesteven Ladies take on Scunthorpe Ladies on Sunday 15 September. Kesteven Ladies then face Driffield Ladies away on Sunday 22 September, coinciding with the start of the home nations’ Rugby World Cup campaigns in Japan.
On Saturday 28September, Kesteven Men’s 1st XV face a newly promoted Mellish side at their first home league game of the season at Woodnook. Again, Ks will look to carry on the momentum from an inspired run of form that closed out 2018-19.
For Kesteven Men’s 2nd XV, the season officially kicks off away to Bingham 1sts on Saturday 28September. Setting out its stall for the season as 2018-19 league winners, Kesteven Men’s 2nd XV then hosts Notts Moderns 2nd XV at Woodnook the following Saturday, 5 October. Here the 2nds will be looking to repeat their resounding 63-7 win against the side in their last match of the season.
One Club, One Family, One Fantastic Journey
Commenting on the newly announced calendar of fixtures, Kesteven Rugby Club’s Director of Rugby, Fereti ‘Freddie’ Tuilagi, said: “All Kesteven Rugby Club’s senior teams are working hard and training together to face the challenges of the coming season. The mindset is very positive.
“Kesteven’s 2nds won their league in 2018-19. Kesteven 1sts also had a great run of unbeaten form to end the season, with both teams clearly really enjoying their rugby.
“For Kesteven Ladies, it’s all to play for as they step up this season from an RFU development side to become a league squad.”
Alongside the growing contingents of senior men’s and women’s squad players, and the dedicated coaches who support all age groups – including Kesteven’s Minis, Junior Girls and Boys, and Colts – more people across a huge range of age and experience across Grantham are enjoying the reality of the Black Army’s rallying cry “One Club, One Family, One Fantastic Journey”, and getting involved in activities at their local rugby club.
Touch Rugby takes off at Kesteven Rugby Club
Non-contact Touch Rugby is now a permanent, year-round and very popular week-night feature on Kesteven’s Woodnook pitches. Geared for everyone of any ability, size or fitness level aged 11 and upwards, Touch Rugby is successfully attracting people of every age and entire families – from complete rugby novices to full-contact veterans – who play in short matches in the spirit of the game with its teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sporting ethos.
Says Graeme Roberts, who organises the friendly sessions at Kesteven each Wednesday from 6.30pm. “Touch Rugby is taking off in a big way at Kesteven Rugby Club. It is for everyone, not just members. Touch Rugby is ideal for anyone looking to get exercise in or looking to take up a non-contact sport.”
Members of Kesteven Rugby Club’s age-banded junior teams are among those relishing their mid-week Touch Rugby sessions. Many – and often their parents too – are seeing it as a fun and friendly opportunity to burn off excess energy, sharpen their skills further and maintain fitness before their weekly Sunday training starts at the end of August.
Watch the Rugby World Cup at Woodnook
Says Angus Shaw, President of Kesteven Rugby Club: “The Rugby World Cup in Japan coincides with the start of the Senior teams’ league campaigns. But it’s not just the home nations going places! Closer to home, Woodnook, the home of Kesteven Rugby, is going to be even more buzzing with fantastic rugby from all of Grantham’s teams – Minis, Junior Girls and Boys, Colts and Seniors – all hopefully inspired by great World Cup performances.
“We are in exciting times at Kesteven Rugby Club. These pre-season Senior league announcements are just the beginning. I invite everyone to come and see and consider joining our rugby family on our journey, either as a player or supporter – everyone will be made very welcome! It would be fantastic to see match-day support up at Woodnook continue to grow.
“Kesteven Rugby’s family – players, supporters and sponsors – cannot wait to start our 2019-20 journey. Most important is that we have fun on the way. Watch this space for more information on Rugby World Cup-related events for all at Kesteven Rugby Club!”
Interested in joining us? Please call 01476 564887, visit www.kestevenrugby.club, join our Kesteven Rugby Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/KestevenRFC – or just rock up!
- Please find attached the complete 2019-20 season’s fixture lists for all three of Kesteven Rugby Club’s Senior teams.
- Kick-off times are as follows: September, March and April – 2.45pm/October and February – 2.30pm/November, December and January – 2pm.
Staff nurse Alice Davies took a break from her ward rounds at Lincoln County Hospital recently to represent Great Britain in the European triathlon championships in Romania.
The part-time endurance athlete, who competes in regular competitions throughout the year, battled to her third place podium spot in the blistering heat of Transylvania earlier this month.
Alice qualified for the Transylvanian challenge after finishing fourth in Nottingham’s infamous Outlaw Half triathlon last year, which meant she could join the British Triathlon Federation.
Her obsession with the race stems back to 2013 however, after she spent a week volunteering at a gala event in London.
“I supported elite and para-triathletes who were competing for the title of world champion,” said Alice.
“At that point it was my dad and little brother who did all the racing and I never once thought that one day it could be me up there.
“I joined the Lincoln Tri Club that year but only as a way to build my fitness and was a bit too scared to take on a race of my own.”
Fast forward to 2018 and Alice had seriously caught the bug. She started signing up to smaller races in and around Lincoln before joining a training team for the Nottingham meet.
The European triathlon consisted of a 1900km lake swim (without wetsuit), an 83km hilly bike ride and a 20km run – all in 30 degree plus heat.
“My friends on the ward think I’m bonkers but have been very supportive and the triathlons have allowed me to make many new friends”, added Alice who works on Shuttleworth Ward.
“The Romanian race was the hardest I’ve ever done due to the heat but the atmosphere was amazing and kept me going.
“There were hundreds of competitors all cheering each other on and the entire town came out to support the race, even staying to watch the very last athlete over the finish line.”
The BetVictor Northern Premier League Fixtures have just been released
We start at home to FC United of Manchester, in a repeat of the 2012/13 season, before visiting Stafford Rangers then Atherton Collieries.
Gingerbreads Manager Paul Rawden is even more excited to get going “To host FC United on the opening day is great. It’s going to be a real test against a side who return to this level after their relegation form the National League North. Obviously, Danny Racchi is a former player for them. Hopefully we’ll start with a good attendance and we get a good start”
“The rest of fixtures fall quite nicely, we’ve got an even amount of Tuesday nights which are at home and away. And the long journeys fall on a Saturday.”
“The hardwork is now to continue to the start of the season starting with the match at Harrowby on Saturday”
Jack started last season with the Club before retiring half way through. Paul Rawden and Russ Cousins talked him back and in total he made 26 League and Cup appearances in 2018/19, scoring 4 times.
On signing he said “I’ve formed a good relationship with Paul and Russ, I didn’t think of anything other than signing for this season. The Club have also supported me with my Kixx coaching. Training was really good tonight. We’ve signed some very experienced players who want to win. I’m hoping to see the Supporters with smiles on their faces this season”
Paul Rawden added “Jack is a great lad. He’s very hardworking, he’s got the experience of this level, he knows those around the Club, so we’re delighted he’s here again”.