Grantham Town undone by single first half goal

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Northern Premier League

Premier Division

Grantham Town greet Workington at The Meres.

Grantham Town greet Workington at The Meres.

Grantham Town 0

Workington 1

A single first half goal was literally all that separated the two sides in an evenly contested match at The Meres on Saturday.

For once there was just a slight breeze on a crisp afternoon for the only game to be played in the Premier Division, all the rest being postponed.

The Gingerbreads put in a battling performance to match their high flying visitors, who showed little to justsify their league position.

Grantham went behind in the 11th minute when Conor Tinnion drilled in from the corner of the penalty area, taking the Gingerbreads by surprise and outwitting on-loan from Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Richard Dearle, who was at full stretch.

It was not the most enthralling first half as both sides cancelled each other out with metronomic regularlity, as the game swung from end to end.

The two teams continued to frustrate each other after the break, as Town searched for an equaliser, with the visitors wanting to put the game to bed.

Grantham kept Workington on the back foot for the opening half of the second period.

Town’s best chances were probably Danny Meadows’ 78th minute free kick, which arched over the wall and dipped to where keeper Alex Mitched caught low, and substitute Lewis Carr’s 84th minute header just over the bar.

All in all, a draw would have been a fairer result.

Grantham Town: Dearle, Meadows, Emmott, Hollingsworth, Purcicoe, Storey, McGhee (Beckett, 81), Lewis, Simmons (Shaw, 59), Saunders, Harris (Carr, 67). Subs not used: Martin. Att: 235.