Arion Grantham & District Sunday League
Ancaster & Caythorpe 2
Nobody Inn Athletic Res 1
Nobody Inn kicked off but it was not long till intense pressure from Ancaster started to work for them when Elliot Jubb had a shot well saved at the near post.
With both teams passing the ball around, it was hard to see where this game would go. Ancaster were then awarded a corner. The ball was crossed in by Adam Rawdon and met perfectly by Anthony Hempstead to put Ancaster in the lead.
Nobody Inn were still playing some good football and found themselves with a corner. They scored from the flag kick but the goal was disallowed for deliberate handball.
The game was end to end just before the half time whistle with chances from both sides. Nobody Inn then scored the goal they needed to be ruled out again, this time for offside just on the half time whistle.
The second half was no different than the first but Ancaster found themselves two goals up when Jubb found went one-on-one and slotted it under the Nobody’s keeper.
Nobody Inn came fighting back with a goal from Kenny Doll from a volley inside the box.
Ancaster were holding on when Nobody had another goal disallowed for offside. Ancaster were looking for their own third goal when Ashley Drake’s free kick hit the wall, but his rebound shot smashed into the crossbar.
Nobody threw everything they had but Ancaster kept them out right to the final whistle, to the relief of the management of Simon Dixon-Hardy and Tom Graves.
Man of the match was Tom Stork
Ancaster: Wells, Temperton, Hempstead, Nichols, Brookes, Jubb, Mitchell, Rawdon (c), Stork, Drake, Margiotta. Subs: Baker, Eaton; not used: Howard, Dixon-Hardy, Green.
Benny O’Meara Knockout Cup
Green Man Ropsley 0
FC Genes 2
A well-trimmed FC Genes XI turned up at Ropsley to play a seemingly off-form Green Man in this eagerly anticipated cup sem-final.
Drury opted for the proven title-winning formation, short back and sides: dropping Webb and Baz Payne for in-form strikers Hardy and Hanratty.
Genes edged a well-contested first half as Hanratty span on the edge of the area and cracked one against the bar and in after 40 minutes; somewhat reminiscent of Lampard for England against Germans, only this time the officials saw the ball clearly cross the goal line.
Midway through the second half, Jack Whyley was unfortunate to see his effort ruled offside.
The game opened up and heroics from Johnson between the sticks preserved the clippers’ lead, pouncing on a loose ball in his six yard area.
Late on, Tyndall charged across the pitch to crucially win the ball back, rolling it to Hanratty who threaded James Brown through to put the game to bed.
Man of the match as Owen Sheridan
FC Genes: Johnson, S. Whyley, Stafford, J. Whyley, Jameson, Watson, Sheridan, Brown, Tyndall, Hardy, Hanratty, Clarke.