A COMPLETELY dominant display saw table-topping Grantham Town thrash Romulus 4-0 at The Meres today.
The scoreline did not flatter a Gingerbreads side which was far too strong all over the pitch to be denied a convincing victory.
A healthy crowd of 245 saw Grantham take the lead inside two minutes.
Target man Ben Saunders flicked on a throw-in which was picked up by Jamie McGhee who looped a dangerous cross towards the far post. Lee Potts rose to win the header, nodding across goal for Paul Grimes to bundle home.
Town were almost two ahead on five minutes when a cross from Ben Saunders hit the top of the bar and Lee Potts was bundled into the net as he tried to force the ball home.
Grantham controlled the first half but lost defender Sam Saunders to a hamstring strain on 20 minutes. However, the centre-half is already suspended for Town’s next fixture.
Damian Magee took Saunders’ place in Town’s back three.
Jamie McGhee, Lee Potts and Paul Grimes from a free-kick, all had good chances to increase Town’s lead before half-time but without success.
At the other end, Romulus’ dangerman, Nathan Blissett, stuck the bar from a looping header in the final minutes of the half.
Town began the second half as they started the first - and grabbed the second goal on 48 minutes. A free-kick from the left caught Romulus out after being driven low into the box. Romulus’ defence failed to deal with the ball and it was Grantham centre-half Phil Watt who found himself in the right place at the right time to smash the ball home from a couple of yards.
Grantham moved 3-0 in front when Lee Potts took an in-swinging free-kick from the right which floated over the Romulus defence to the back post.
The excellent Ben Saunders rose highest to head home and put the game beyond doubt.
Sponsor’s man-of-the-match Sam Purcicoe scored an excellent individual effort to make it 4-0 wit 15 minutes to play.
The ball was switched from left to right but the Grantham Town full-back looked second favourite to reach the ball. However, he moved up a gear to reach the ball first, knocking it round the defender and collecting it on the other side. After cutting inside a second defender he hit high and hard, beating the goalkeeper for pace to make it 4-0.
If Purcicoe’s strike was the goal of the match, substitute Sean Cann almost scored the goal of the season as time ticked down.
The lively, fleet-footed attacker took possession after clever hold-up play from fellow sub Tony Battersby. Cann slipped the ball left to Potts and continued running. Potts, surrounded by Romulus defenders, found the perfect through pass which completely cut through the opposition.
The pass was so perfect Cann was able to strike hard and low first time, bringing bums of seats in the stand. The goalkeeper was beaten but the ball cannoned off the inside of the post and was scrambled behind.
It was a terrific move which was worth the price of admission alone.
Goalkeeper Rob Murray, who was, rarely tested for much of the game, made an solid stop from Romulus’ top scorer Nathan Blissett in the final minutes.
Grantham Town were applauded off at the nd of the game and Town co-manager whooped in delight as he left the pitch.
After the game, word spread that Town rivals Ilkeston and Carlton had both dropped points.