Final home game beckons for Grantham Town

Grantham Town FC v Rushall Olympic, April 12, 2014.
Grantham Town FC v Rushall Olympic, April 12, 2014.

Grantham Town go into the Easter weekend knowing they are safe from relegation after they added another three points to their tally at The Meres on Saturday.

The Gingerbreads took play-off hopefuls Rushall Olympic apart with a confident 3-0 win.

They lost by the same score at FC United of Manchester on Tuesday and face third-placed AFC Fylde away tomorrow, before their final home game of the season on Easter Monday afternoon.

Tuesday night’s game was played at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold ground and saw Grantham unlucky not to go in front in the first half, having enjoyed the better chances.

Rhys Lewis went close in the second minute and he had the ball in the net 10 minutes later but Town were denied by an offside flag.

Jack McGovern had his shot tipped wide by United keeper David Carnell, and Gingerbreads striker Jordan Hempenstall headed just wide from the resulting corner kick.

In the second half, Grantham had a penalty call turned down by referee Mr Street after Paul Grimes was seemingly fouled in the area.

United began to turn the screw and a stroke of good fortune put them in front 20 minutes in when the ball fell kindly for Matthew Woolfenden and he poked in past Town keeper Dan Haystead.

The home side doubled their lead three minutes later when Tom Greaves headed home.

Grantham had a chance to pull a goal back five minutes from time. Adie Hawes got his head to a Michael Jacklin free kick. The ball dropped back to Hawes who forced a good save from Carnell.

The Manchester side made sure with a third goal on 87 minutes when Woolfenden was left with only Haystead to beat.

Grantham’s joint manager Wayne Hallcro said his side lost its “zap” after they conceded the first goal: “We created the most open chances of the first half. The score looks like a bit of a one-sided game, but we deserved to be level after an hour. A goal for us would have given a completely different game. We have got to learn to concede goals better.”

+ See page 86 of this week’s Journal for ticket offers to Grantham’s last home game on Easter Monday.