HOCKEY: Grantham ladies outclassed at home

On the ball - Grantham ladies' Iona Charlton. Photo: 916B
On the ball - Grantham ladies' Iona Charlton. Photo: 916B
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Lincs League

Grantham Ladies 0

Lincoln 2nd 9

GRANTHAM’S ladies were unable to build on their excellent 3-1 victory over Louth in their previous league match, as they were outclassed by a strong Lincoln 2nd team at The Meres.

They were 4-0 down at half time and conceded a further five goals in the second half but showed strong determination throughout, and could take some consolation from at least keeping the score down to single figures.

That owed plenty to goalkeeper Georgina Barrett who made a number of fine saves and some solid defensive work from Rachel Belcher. Twins Ellie and Sarah Johnson worked tirelessly to push Grantham forward with what little ball they had, and industrious work from Iona Charlton put Lincoln under pressure.

Some driving runs from Grantham player-of-the match Katie Sandell deserved more as she constantly troubled the Lincoln defence, but a frustrated home side was unable to finish off their opportunities.

A young Grantham team was dealt a harsh lesson in the virtues of ball retention and composure by their more experienced counterparts, who survived having a player sent to the sin bin to comfortably claim all three points.

Grantham: Barratt, Mawer, Sandell, Belcher, S. Johnson, E. Johnson, Charlton, Wade, Smith, Barney, Carr, Bennett, Preece.

Grantham 3

Long Sutton 4th 0

GRANTHAM men’s first team were handed a walkover 3-0 victory after Long Sutton were unable to raise a side.

Grantham are now second in the league table, behind Horncastle on goal difference.

Grantham 2nd 1

West Bridgford 5

SATURDAY afternoon saw Grantham men’s second string play their first game of the season, and for five players it was also their debut for the club. The opponents for the fledgling home side was an experienced veteran side from West Bridgford.

Grantham began slowly as the midfield struggled to maintain possession against the clinical tackling and passing of their opponents, but encouraging movements started to develop as players began to find their feet. Grantham’s experienced defensive line managed to hold strong against a relentless attack for the majority of the first half. However, their efforts were thwarted by a well-worked goal.

Grantham countered with Alex Clark, Oli Phillips and Jem Hill making quick moves through the middle, resulting in several opportunities for Paul Hollingworth and Muzamill Pirwani. However the strong defence of their experienced opponents proved impossible to break through and many shots went wide of the goal.

After giving away numerous short corners, Grantham conceded another two goals. Grantham’s closest chance came after clever passing through captain Ben Willey, Will Hill and newcomer Lewis Brown, although the final shot failed to hit the target.

The second half began with gusto and soon Grantham were rewarded by a goal from Hollingworth after good work from Clark, although they tired as the half went on with a penalty flick and a short corner resulting in two more goals for Grantham’s opponents.

Clinical moves down the wing from brothers Andy and Chris Hill and twins Simon and Declan Curzon-Hepworth opened up the possibility for Grantham to pull goals back through Phillips and Clark.

Failing light and a tiring squad resulted in an attack from West Bridgford which led to a three on one with goalkeeper Will Leadenham who made a valiant effort to stop the inevitable goal.

Grantham: Leadenham, S. Hill, A. Hill, C. Hill, J. Hill, W. Hill, Johnson, A. Willey, A. Nix, B. Willey (c), Phillips, Pirwani, D. Curzon-Hepworth, S. Curzon-Hepworth, Brown, Hollingworth, Clark.