Grantham Town defeated at home by Whitby despite comeback

Jamie McGhee (right) outwits a Whitby defender and went on to score Grantham's first goal. Photo: 040D
Jamie McGhee (right) outwits a Whitby defender and went on to score Grantham's first goal. Photo: 040D

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Premier Division

Grantham Town 2

Whitby Town 3

Grantham Town were pretty much run ragged in the first half and went a goal down when Alex White knocked the ball in after a corner kick.

Whitby doubled their lead on 23 minutes with Nathan Mulligan getting the slightest of touches to Ibby Hassan’s seemingly goalbound free kick.

The visitors continued to be generally superior in all departments and at times the Gingerbreads were reduced to being little more than spectators.

Grantham went further behind after 36 minutes when White headed in his second after a perfectly executed corner kick.

The Gingerbreads failed to capitalise on any rare Whitby mistakes and went into half time without a goal to their name.

But Grantham came out after the break with the bit between their teeth and pulled a goal back on 53 minutes when Jamie McGhee ran clear down the left and lobbed Whitby keeper Nick Liversedge.

With their tails up, Grantham scored a second time three minutes later when Greg Smith headed in Sam Purcicoe’s cross.

The Gingerbreads had the chance to level on 59 minutes when Gio Carchedi was tripped in the penalty box, but Liversedge dived the right way to save Smith’s spot kick.

The game continued in an end-to-end fashion but neither side was able to find the back of the net again.

Grantham Town: Turner, Purcicoe, Ridley, Meikle, Hawes, Lewis (Elliot, 90), Watson (MacVicar, 77), Nwadike (c), G. Smith, Nightingale (Carchedi, 52), McGhee. Subs not used: Hannigan, K. Smith. Att: 100.