Division One South
Coalville Town 1
Grantham Town 2
FOR the second weekend on the trot, Grantham Town came back from a goal behind with two late goals in their eighth successive win.
The two sides tested each other out cagily in the opening 15 minutes of the game. Coalville played neat football but Grantham gave nothing away on their back line. The Gingerbreads gradually got the measure of the home side’s defence and created a couple of half chances.
Coalville’s Cameron Stuart took no chances, clearing from in front of his goalkeeper Sean Bowles as Paul Grimes closed in. A couple of minutes later, Ben Saunders set up Lee Potts to drive a low cross through the Coalville 6yd box, but no-one got a touch.
Lewis Dodd proved a difficult customer for Grantham. On 28 minutes, he controlled the ball well before turning across the front of Potts and firing a shot that flew just over Rob Murray’s crossbar, with the Grantham goalkeeper a spectator.
Grimes was involved in two good moves by Grantham around the half hour mark. From a near-post corner, he headed across goal and wide, then on 33 minutes he was one of two players to step over Lee Potts’s cross. It ran to Rhys Lewis who fired over the bar.
It was Grimes again who made the Gingerbreads’ best chance of the half, six minutes from the break. Jamie McGhee played a good ball for Grimes and he turned inside his defender. From the edge of the 18yd box, he struck a shot past Bowles but it came back off the upright.
Dodd made another shooting chance for himself but dragged his effort wide, before the home side took the lead on the stroke of half time. Anthony Carney had his initial shot blocked but when the ball came back to him, he was able to steer it through a crowd of players and into the net.
It was nearly two for the home side shortly after the break. Stuart crossed for Danny Quinn. His effort was blocked by Murray but the loose ball fell to Callum Woodward. From three yards out, he lifted his shot over the crossbar. Dodd again caused problems for Grantham, first shooting wide when Quinn put him through, then rattling the crossbar with Murray well beaten as the Grantham defence gave him too much time.
Grantham gradually got on top of the game and began to push the home side deeper into their own half. Poor defending by Coalville on 74 minutes allowed Grantham to equalise. McGhee nipped in and took the ball away from a dithering Ashley Wells. He then fired a low shot past Bowles to level the game.
Ten minutes from time, Ben Saunders had a chance to put Grantham in front. From twin brother Sam’s deep cross, he had a clear header but put the ball wide of the target. McGhee saw Bowles turn his free kick over the bar as Grantham turned up the pressure. McGhee and Potts then combined to cross for Ben Saunders, this time it needed Shaun Rolleston to clear his header off the line.
The Gingerbreads’ pressure paid off four minutes from time. Grimes delivered a deep cross for Sam Purcicoe. He had time to control the ball before giving Bowles no chance as he beat him with a fierce shot at his near post.
Grantham Town: Murray, Purcicoe, Potts, Brindley, S. Saunders, Watt, Lewis, Ball, Grimes (Whitman, 86), B. Saunders, McGhee. Subs not used: Battersby, Briers, Maddison, Melton. Att: 235.