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The Winner Takes All In The Play-Off Final!

5 months ago By Callum Boyle

Grantham play one of the biggest games in their history on Saturday in the play-off final, where they could clinch promotion to the Vanarama North.

After a nervy first-half on Tuesday, Grantham produced one of the performances of the season to secure a 3-0 win away to Warrington and put themselves 90 minutes away from promotion to the Vanarama National League North.

Goals on Tuesday came from captain Stefan Galinski, who showed real leadership to head home from six yards in a goal-mouth scramble, Danny Meadows who's bobbled effort did enough to cross the line and the final goal of the night, which was arguably the most impressive - a stunning header from outside the box from Jordan Hempenstall which secured Grantham's place in the play-off final on Saturday.

The Gingerbreads will travel to Ashton United who are the other side with a chance of promotion after winning 2-1 at home to Farsley Celtic. Due to the Robins finishing higher in the league (2nd position), the game will be hosted at their ground - Hurst Cross after Grantham finished 4th in the league.

The two previous meetings between the sides have seen the Gingerbreads fail to register a win against the Robins so far, losing 2-1 away from home and drawing 1-1 at home earlier on this season.

Grantham boss Adam Stevens was quick to praise the fans support and says the side want to do it for the fans: "Tuesday meant everything to me and the players and I think it epitomised what a great spirit we have here. Saturday is going to be very tough as Ashton will want promotion just as much as we do but after seeing the great turnout by our fans on Tuesday, we want to give them another memorable day in their lives."

Luke Shaw is the only definite absence as he continues his recovery from injury whilst Michael Hollingsworth is a doubt after being forced with injury on Tuesday whilst Andrew Wright will be available after also going off with a slight knock on Tuesday. The rest of the squad is available.

Updated 08:34 - 4 May 2018 by Simon Hayes

Where next?

Is This The Year Of The Gingerbreads? Grantham are just 180 minutes away from promotion and can move one step closer on Tuesday night against Warrington in the play-off semi-finals.
Gingerbreads Looking For October Win Grantham will be hoping to not make it five defeats in a row on Tuesday night as they host Nantwich Town at the Meres.

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Sat 20 Oct
a
First Team Witton Albion
League P – P
P
Tue 23 Oct
a
First Team Matlock Town
League 19:45
Sat 3 Nov
h
First Team Warrington Town
League 15:00

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