Newark Town 1
Grantham Town 2
Grantham recorded a hard earned pre-season friendly victory over Newark Town.
Charity was the real winner with a good turn-out raising funds for the Beaumond House Community Hospice.
Gingerbreads joint manager Wayne Hallcro was happy with his side’s performance on a very hot afternoon: “They caused us quite a few problems. They worked harder than we did at times and that’s why they caused us problems. Our quality came to the surface and our spells of good play are getting longer.”
The Gingerbreads dominated the first half, with Jake Turner almost a spectator for the whole 45 minutes. A quarter of an hour in, a through-ball for Paul Grimes was just too long and collected by the Newark goalkeeper.
Seven minutes later, the Gingerbreads opened up the home side. Grimes played a neat ball for Rhys Lewis and he made no mistake to open the scoring. Tom Bachelor almost added a second a few minutes later, but his header was scrambled off the line.
Six minutes before half time, Grantham thought they had grabbed a second. The chance was set up well by Grantham and Grimes finished things with a neat strike, only to see the offside flag deny him.
Straight after the break, the Gingerbreads were rocked by a spectacular goal. Dan Haystead came on as a half time substitute and picked the ball out of the net a minute later after an overhead kick from Stefan Bilic levelled the game.
Despite a number of substitutions, the Gingerbreads still had the better of the game. Lewis almost got his second after an hour’s play, but his shot came back off the crossbar.
Eighteen minutes before the end of the game, Grimes got the goal that the Gingerbreads deserved. A long clearance from Haystead caught Newark napping and Grimes raced on to beat the keeper comfortably.
Hallcro said: “Grimesy has worked hard at keeping fit and if you give him that amount of time, he’ll punish you.
“The whole team did well at doing their jobs, but we were not 100 per cent happy with some aspects of the performance. We are reasonably happy with what we have done so far.”
Grantham Town: Turner (Haystead, 45), Rawden, Walker, Watt (Lister, 60), Bachelor, Meikle, Lewis, Towey, Grimes, Smith (Hempenstall, 60), Zuerner (McGovern, 60).
+ Grantham’s next friendly fixture is at The Meres on Wednesday night when they host former manager Gary Mills’s Gateshead. Kick-off is 7.30pm.