Grantham Town 0
Grantham’s first home pre-season friendly ended in defeat as former manager Gary Mills’s Gateshead proved too strong in the second half. The Gingerbreads had the better chances in the first half, but could not make the most of them.
Greg Smith proved a problem to the visitors from early in the game. After two minutes, he chested the ball down and laid a good pass back for Michael Towey. Towey struck the ball well, but wide of the mark. Paul Grimes also went close as Grantham started brightly.
At the other end, the Gingerbreads’ back three comfortably dealt with whatever Gateshead could throw at them. The visitors used a direct approach that Phil Watt, Deon Meikle and Tom Bachelor had no real problems dealing with.
Gateshead goalkeeper Adam Bartlett was in action after 20 minutes when Smith again troubled the visitors. His sharp turn gave him the chance to shoot, but Bartlett saved well.
Ten minutes before the break, the Gingerbreads pressed hard. Good crosses into the penalty area from Scott Matthews and Towey forced the Gateshead defence to work hard to clear their lines.
As half time approached, the visitors began to show what Grantham would come up against during the second half. Some good delivery into the penalty area from free kicks caused the Gingerbreads problems. Deon Meikle blocked one effort from JJ O’Donnell while another was well fielded by Dan Haystead.
Gateshead played a good passing game higher up the pitch after the break and began to wear the Gingerbreads down. The pressure told after 66 minutes when a free kick from Greg McDermott was met by Tom Allan at the far post. Allan’s header squeezed past Haystead to give the visitors the lead.
Grantham bounced back and almost levelled the game five minutes later. A good move down the right flank ended with a dangerous cross that Grimes turned just over the crossbar.
It was not long before the visitors began to turn the screw. Michael Rankine was a handful for the Grantham defence and got on the end of a good cross, but headed over.
Town’s Sam Purcicoe had a drive blocked, but the visitors wrapped the game up almost immediately. Another good cross from Ryan Wilson picked out Robbie Ramshaw at the far post and he made no mistake for a two goal lead.
Grantham Town: Haystead, Purcicoe, Matthews (Rawden, 85), Meikle, Bachelor (Lister, 64), Watt, Lewis, Towey (Walker, 68), Grimes (Laing, 68), Smith (Haughton, 68), Hempenstall. Sub not used: Turner.