Mid Lincs League
Long Bennington 0
Long Bennington 0
Clinical finishing from Gonerby saw them ultimately ran out comfortable winners against a plucky Bennington side.
Luke Gorman opened the scoring with a 25-yard screamer before Bennington really had time to settle. Shortly afterwards, full back Tom Sellars drifted in at the far post to notch the second after a flick-on from George Corden.
The second half saw a rampant Gonerby notch five more, with Robert McNulty demonstrating his predatory instincts in scoring an excellent hat trick. Further goals came following a neat finish from Sam Brown and a rare second goal for Sellars with a left footed strike.
Gonerby: Eardley (c), Corden, Burton, Taggart, Gorman, Lewin, Davidson, Brown, McNulty, Sellars, Swain, Boyle, Atkinson, Bautista.
Gonerby Yellows 1
Gonerby began the new year with a positive display.
Throughout the first half, both teams played some good attacking football, with both keepers being tested. However the home team took the lead before half time, with a lovely threaded through ball from Luke Bond, which was calmly slotted in to the net by Tristan Crane.
After the break the visitors were more dominant and were rewarded with an equaliser 20 minutes into the second half.
Daniel Hibbert made some excellent saves and Cameron and Alex McIntosh both cleared balls off the line.
The home team were unfortunate not to be rewarded with a penalty, however both sides shared a deserved point from a highly competitive game. Man of the match was shared between James Clatter and Harry Hutton.
Gonerby: Hibbert, A. McIntosh, Smith, C. McIntosh, Pickering, Bond, Eyre, Geeson, Baker, Hutton, Crane.
Subs: Clatter, Ladds.
Great Ponton 2
Ponton’s four-game unbeaten run was was ended by Ruston’s who scored first. Good commitment and a great Will Barron strike got Ponton level before the break.
Ruston’s started the second half the better and scored twice in six minutes. Slow to get going, Ponton conceded twice more goals before winning a late penalty that was converted by Conor O’Leary.
Ponton MoM: O’Leary, Barron, Hutchinson.
Ponton: Cook, Bradley, Hutchinson, O’Leary, Copley, Allen, Rawding, Dixon, Barron, Chambers, Olalere, Goode.
Ancaster Athletic 7
Ancaster started their 2013 campaign in style when Anthony Renshaw’s corner was superbly headed into the top corner by Corey Hammond after just two minutes.
Renshaw soon doubled the lead when his 20 yard shot was deflected past the stranded keeper. Midway through the half, Ben Mitchell played in Renshaw whose excellent chip found Nathan Ford-Pain and the striker’s header gave the keeper no chance.
Renshaw completed a fine first half when his nifty through-ball was expertly dispatched by Ford-Pain.
Ancaster’s dominance paid off when Ford-Pain completed his hat trick and then man-of-the-match Ben Mott played through Hammond to grab his second.
Mott went close from 25 yards before getting his first goal for Ancaster when he fired home a 20-yard free kick low into the bottom corner.
Daniel Parker was called upon to make a couple of good late saves and was unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet when Ancaster once again gave away a late penalty.
Ancaster: Parker, Poole, Spencer, Hammond, Heard, Doughty, Renshaw, Maughan, Mott, Mitchell, Ford-Pain, Collingwood, Edwards, Thompson
Wyberton Colts 1
Grantham Flames 1
This top of the league clash which saw Flames piling on the pressure throughout the first half .
It went well into the second half before Wyberton found a way through and scored on 55 minutes.
Flames rallied and fast thinking from Lea-Hair and Marshall down the wing saw Fabi battle to put the ball well into the hosts’ net three minutes later.
MoM: Thomas Marshall
Flames: Firth, Smith, Leese, Minx, Hill, McKinnon, Gurney, Stewart, Marshall, Lea-Hair, Fabi, McCann, Reynolds, Harris.
Grantham Youth League
Great Ponton 2
Colsterworth Colts 1
A close game between these two teams saw defensive displays shut out virtually every effort and attack.
It was not until the 18th minute when a strike from Marshall Bancroft was parried into the path of onrushing Riley Bowen,
for him to pass unselfishly to the feet of Declan Naylor to score his sixth goal of the season.
The second came just before half time from Gustavo Lima. It was a scrappy pinball goal but put away nicely by the striker, his fifth of the season.
A great team performance was slightly undone when they conceded late on from a through-ball and a one-on-one with the keeper. A sweet strike could not be kept out by Bradley Musgrove in goal.
MoM: Kye Hull.
Ponton: Musgrove, Hare, Mendham, Price, Sharman, Short, Lima, Hull, Gorzejewski, Bancroft, Bowen, Naylor, Evans.