GRANTHAM Town came from two goals behind to grab a point in an incident packed Tuesday night game against Stafford Rangers at The Meres.
Town conceded two early goals but a Ben Saunders header pulled the Gingerbreads back into it before the half-time interval.
The game seemed to have turned completely in Grantham’s favour when Karl Demidh was sent through one-on-one only to be hauled down on the edge of the box, giving the referee no option but to reduce the visitors to ten men.
Town levelled moments later when a Martin Ball cross was headed over the Stafford goalkeeper.
With more than half an hour still to play against ten men Grantham looked certain to push on and grab all three points until Karl Demidh was dismissed for a second bookable offence after he was judged to have gone in later on a Stafford defender.
Town had the ball in the net once more before the final whistle as Rhys Lewis beat the keeper from a left wing cross. However, the officials correctly spotted that the Town midfielder had powerfully punched the ball into the roof of the net and the goal was chalked off with a yellow card for the player.
Town next face Loughborough Dynamo away in an FA Cup First Round Qualifying tie on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.
FOR THE FULL MATCH REPORT AND REACTION, READ THIS FRIDAY’S GRANTHAM JOURNAL.