After a 2-1 victory over Northwich Victoria in the FA Cup, City are back in league action this weekend when they welcome Grantham Town to the Giant Axe. City will be looking to pick up another three points at home to continue their good form, whilst Grantham will be hoping to bounce back from their frustrating results in recent weeks. City currently sit in 8th place with 10 points out of a possible 18. Grantham are just behind them, with one place and one point separating the sides.
Recently, the dollies have been in great form in the Betvictor Premier Division and will be looking to continue that good run with another three points at home. City have picked up seven out of a possible nine points from their last three league encounters, including a 1-0 victory over Atherton Collieries and a 4-2 away win against Gainsborough Trinity. Their most recent result being a 0-0 draw at the Giant Axe against FC United of Manchester.
City’s last three league results:
03/09/19 – City 0 FC United of Manchester 0
31/08/19 – Gainsborough Trinity 2 – City 4
26/08/19 – City 1 Atherton Collieries 0
Grantham will be hoping to get more points on the board after picking up just two points from their last three league fixtures. Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw against Mickleover Sports, who currently sit one place above City in the league table. Before that they picked up another point in a 2-2 draw against 2nd placed Matlock Town and lost 4-0 to Whitby Town.
Grantham’s last three league results:
10/09/19 – Grantham Town 1 – Mickleover Sports 1
03/09/19 – Matlock Town 2 Grantham 2
31/08/19 – Grantham 0 Whitby Town 4
Ones to Watch
David Norris has continued his superb start to the season by scoring twice against Northwich Victoria to keep City in the FA Cup. The midfielder has been an integral part of the midfield for the dollies and always seem to pose a threat whenever he has possession. Jack Armer is a name that has begun to excite the City fans whenever they see it on the team sheet. The on-loan Preston North End defender has been brilliant at both ends of the pitch, providing an assist for the opening goal on Wednesday night as well as putting on some solid defensive performances. He’ll be looking to cause Grantham Town some problems on Saturday.
Jason Walker has also been a real threat up top for City in recent weeks. The forward played a part in the winning goal against Northwich and will be looking to get his goal tally up as well.
For Grantham Town, Craig Westcarr has been a dangerous outlet for them to make use of, scoring five goals from his eight appearances. The former Nottingham Forest player will be looking to maintain his good goal-scoring form this weekend and is someone that City should be mindful of. Westcarr came off the bench in Grantham’s draw against Mickleover Sports but was unable to make an impact, so the player will be eager to find the back of the net as quick as possible.
City will be looking to make sure his goal drought continues in an attempt to clinch three points. A win for Grantham will see them leapfrog the dollies, whilst a win for City could see them rise up to as high as 6th place.