First round qualifying
Loughborough Dynamo 3
Grantham Town 1
Grantham Town’s involvement in the FA Trophy competition was short lived as they were defeated by lower league opposition.
NPL Division One South side Loughborough led at half time and consolidated their advantage withh two more second-half goals. The Gingerbreads’ last gasp consolation goal was literally just that.
But it was Grantham who had the first attempt on goal but Ben Fairclough sent his effort straight to Dynamo goalkeeper Jack Howard.
Loughborough skipper and former Gingerbread Rob Norris’s 15th minute free kick was saved by Town keeper Dan Haystead, and the Dynamo number 10 fired another shot over the bar not long afterwards.
Dynamo’s dominance paid off in the 20th minute when Norris finally got the ball in the back of the net, stabbing home past Haystead.
The home side had further chances through new signing Darryl Thomas, Kieron Davies and Sam Wood, the latter being denied by a spectacular save from Haystead.
Grantham’s remaining first half opportunities saw a free kick saved by Howard and George Zuerner shot wide of the target.
The Gingerbreads found themselves 2-0 down six minutes after the break when Davies’ cross into the box was put away deftly by Thomas.
Town had chances through Jordan Hempenstall and Fairclough, who headed over, but both to no avail.
The game was put beyond Grantham’s reach in the 72nd minute when Ash Way raced raced down the left flank and made no mistake with his shot.
The Gingerbreads managed to pull back a consolation goal added time, with Hempenstall chesting the ball down and firing home.
Grantham Town: Haystead, Purcicoe, Kelly, Batchelor, Hellewell, Meadows, Johnson (Foster, 80), Wallace (Grimes, 52), Hempenstall, Fairclough, Zuerner. Subs not used: Divver, Heap, Martin.