Grantham United hold out against Totemic comeback

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Grantham & District Sunday League

Division One

Totemic FC 3

Grantham United TRE 4

Grantham United managed to hold out for a vital three points to stay in contention at the top of the table.

Four nil up at the break, Grantham were pegged back by a determined and battling Totemic side who came roaring back, and were denied a deserved final equaliser by a strange refereeing decision

United TRE coasted to a big lead with spectacular goals from Tyler Haynes and Smudger Smith, coupled with a powerful header from Sam Scothern and an assured finish by JJ Gaskin.

Grantham United: Newcombe, Foster, Potts, Gray, Turner, Scothern (c), Gaskin, Sheen, Smith, MacGregor, T. Haynes, Eldred, Grant, I. Haynes.

Springfield AFC 4

Nobody Athletic 0

Springfield got off to a good start when debutant Luke Abel guided in the ball in from five yards against his former club.

The home side’s back four were pretty solid and rarely troubled by Nobody.

The second half saw Springy play some net football and a defensive mistake let in Abel to grab his second. He completed his hat trick when he curled his shot past the Athletic keeper.

Man-of-the-match Scott Webb scored Springy’s fourth to seal the win.

Springfield: Dos Santos, Duncan, Dixon, Blanchard, Stubbs, Webb, Proctor, Sterry, Sheridan, Wilson, Abel, Martins, Vorley.

Ropsley 4

Rippingale 1

Ropsley trailed by a goal at the break but came back with four goals early in the second half to take all three points.

Bottom of the league Rippingale took the lead after 15 minutes with a well-taken one-on-one past keeper Neil Graham.

Loz Fiorentino levelled the scores immediately after the restart.

Minutes later Ropsley went ahead when Jack Russell fired a shot from the edge of the box which went in off the post.

Lewis Watson headed Ropsley’s third before rounding off the scoring with an excellent strike from outside the box.

Ropsley man-of-the-match was Loz Fiorentino.

Colsterworth 6

Aslockton Cranmers 2

The young visitors took the
lead following a lucky deflection, but Colsterworth struck back before half time through Mark Redley in a rather abject opening 45-minute display.

Super-sub Martin Maclean put Colsterworth ahead with his first touch before James Ballaam’s sweetly struck volley gave the home side a two-goal cushion.

Aslockton hit back to make things interesting before a Paul Wallace header and a further two from Maclean completed his hat trick to seal the win.

Colsterworth’s man of the match was Matt Leonard.

Colsterworth: Corby, Nicholson, Jewkes, Ambrose, Charnock, Burchett, Ballaam, Moore, Leonard, Redley, Wallace, Maclean, Rylott, Lawson, Earl.

Newark Alliance

Barkestone le Vale 2

Rose & Crown

Barkestone continued their good form with a good win thanks to two Sam Garner strikes, which saw them go second in the table.

In a game where Barkestone always looked in control, a good through-ball by Tom Coleman led to confusion between goalkeeper and centre-half under heavy pressure from Garner, who picked up the loose ball to fired home into an empty net.

Barkestone continued to create chances but could not put the game to bed, until late in the second half good play from Ian Hollingsworth opened up the defence for man-of-the-match Garner to hold off the centre-half and stroke home his second of the game.

Mid Lincs League U15A

Young Dons 2

Barrowby 1

After a goalless first half, Barrowby started the brighter with a Josh White cross-cum-shot flying into the top corner.

Dons responded with a fine header and hit a winner with two minutes remaining.

Man of the match was Oliver Reid for a true captain’s performance.

Barrowby: Asplen, Hollingworth, White, Wingad, S. Evans, Reid, Evans, Hayward, Hall, R. Evans, Lawniczak.

Under-14A

Ancaster Athletic 3

Sleaford Town 2

Ancaster recorded back to back wins and started strongly when Anthony Renshaw’s through-ball was cooly slotted home by Nathan Ford-Pain.

The same combination doubled the lead midway through the half. A defensive mix up gifted Sleaford a goal.

Ancaster continued to dominate and got their reward with Maughan’s unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.

Sleaford scored a second time but some assured defending ensured Ancaster took all three points.

Ancaster: Parker, Poole, Spencer, Hammond, Heard, Doughty, Edwards, Lloyd, Renshaw, Maughan, Mott, Mitchell, Ford-Pain, Marshall.