GRANTHAM Town recorded their first win of the New Year with an emphatic win in an entertaining game. Lincoln United made Grantham work hard for the three points, but ultimately were well beaten.
Division One South
Lincoln United 2
Grantham Town 5
The first half had chances at both ends from the word go. Sam Purcicoe, Ben Saunders and Matt Glass all worked the Lincoln defence before the Gingerbreads fell behind. With only 10 minutes gone, a mistake by Lee Potts on the halfway line let in Jack McGovern. He curled a pass behind the Grantham defence for Sam Mullarkey to run on to, and Mullarkey slipped his shot past Rob Murray.
It only took Grantham five minutes to equalise. Ben Saunders gave Potts the ball wide on the Grantham left. His deep cross was met by Gio Carchedi who volleyed across Craig Turner to level scores. Five minutes later, Carchedi gave Grantham the lead. Alistair Asher’s free kick dropped for Carchedi and he looped a header back beyond Turner into the corner of the net.
There was a flurry of good chances for the two sides 10 minutes before the break. A good delivery on a free kick from the home side gave Sam Wilkinson a chance. His firm header was well saved by Murray. Mullarkey pounced on the rebound, but could only hit the crossbar.
Grantham went up the other end and Potts beat two defenders before delivering a cross for Ben Saunders. Saunders met the ball with a firm header, but Turner was well placed to make the save. Play instantly switched to the other end and Mullarkey ran across the face of the Grantham defence before pulling the ball back for Wilkinson. His effort flew just wide of the target.
Mullarkey caused more problems for the Gingerbreads before the break. Asher had to make a good tackle to deny him on 42 minutes, then it was Murray’s turn again to deny him a minute later. Matt Millns missed a through ball to release Mullarkey, but Murray did enough as the Lincoln striker missed the rebound with the goal gaping.
There was time for another good chance for Grantham just before the break. Matt Glass got free of the Lincoln defence and pulled the ball back for Ben Saunders. From a good position, Saunders turned the ball across the face of goal, but just wide.
The second half started in an explosive manner. Just a minute after the break, Mullarkey got away from a static Grantham defence and again slipped the ball past Murray. The two sides were not level for long, however, as Grantham replied immediately. Glass’s cross was turned past Turner by Ben Saunders to restore Grantham’s lead.
The home side went close to another equaliser on 61 minutes. Both Wilkinson and Sean Wright were given free headers inside the Grantham penalty area, but neither could take advantage and finally Terry Fleming fired over the crossbar to relieve the danger for Grantham.
The Gingerbreads began to dominate play. Ben Saunders had another effort saved by Turner, then Carchedi set up Saunders again when he robbed Wright on the halfway line. As Saunders set himself, Lincoln got enough bodies back to block the danger.
There was no let-off for the home side on 83 minutes, however. Despite the referee’s assistant flagging before Grantham took a corner for an off the ball incident, when Carchedi swung the ball into the centre, Gary Sucharewycz came through to power a header past Turner.
The Gingerbreads added a fifth goal in injury time. Rhys Lewis won his header on the halfway line for Ben Saunders to set up Potts. His cross was perfect for Lewis to follow in and beat Turner for the final time.
Grantham Town: Murray, Purcicoe, Potts, Asher, Sucharewycz, Millns, Glarvey, S. Saunders, Glass (Lewis, 75), B. Saunders, Carchedi (Kirton, 90). Subs not used: McGhee, Hallcro, Rhule. Att: 175.