Grantham Town concede to Linnets late on

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Northern Premier League

Premier Division

Kings Lynn Town 1

Grantham Town 0

Grantham Town just missed out on a share of the points when they conceded late on at Kings Lynn on Tuesday night.

The Gingerbreads held out until the 83rd minute when a rare goal from Jordan Yong gave the Linnets victory to settle a dour affair at The Walks.

The left-back’s 84th-minute winner was only the fourth shot on target during a match which had looked destined to remain goalless.

Lynn’s Sam Mulready and Ryan Fryatt, along with Grantham’s Michael Towey, were the only players to have efforts on target until Yong finally broke the deadlock. David Bell slipped in the pacy defender and the 24-year-old fired home at the second time of asking to get his name on the scoresheet for the first time this term.

Henry Eze’s back-post header in time added on was just as important in ensuring Lynn picked up all three points mind. The giant centre-half climbed majestically to take the ball off Tom Batchelor as he prepared to give his team a point for their efforts.

Lynn’s Steve Spriggs created the first half’s best chance just three minutes in when his cross found Mulready at the back post. The striker’s header was palmed back out into the danger area by Grantham keeper Dan Haystead.

The lack of goalmouth excitement continued well into the second period as Linnets’ keeper Alex Street raced off his line to smother Jordan Hempenstall’s hopes of becoming the match-winner. At the other end, Frew, Spriggs and Thomson all tried their luck to no avail.

A golden opportunity was going to come and when it arrived Gingerbread Ben Fairclough fluffed his lines. With the whole goal to aim at, he lobbed the ball over Lynn’s on-rushing keeper only to watch in horror as it ballooned over the crossbar.

Fryatt had a header saved, Towey scuffed a shot into Street’s arms, but it was Yong’s finish which ensured the hosts wrapped up their fourth Walks’ win on the bounce.

Grantham: Haystead, Purcicoe, Meikle (Lewis, 79), Batchelor, Watt, Wilson, Dickens (McGovern, 68), Towey, Hempenstall, Simmons, Johnson (Fairclough, 46). Subs not used: Smith, Turner.

Att: 438.