HOCKEY: Ten-man Grantham triumph at home

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Grantham Hockey Club men recorded a 3-0 home victory against Bourne Deeping 6th on Saturday, despite only fielding 10 players.

The win followed on from a couple of recent home defeats – 5-1 against Horncastle 2nd and 3-1 against Long Sutton 4th.

With Nick Jack in goal for the first time this season, Grantham fielded a back three of George Lodge, Jem Hill and Graham Johnson, with a midfield of Mark Pearce, Nick Wraith, Will Hill, David Braunton and Andy Hill set up behind Jack Lee in attack.

The game was fairly even to begin, with each team probing each other’s defences, and as in Grantham’s previous two matches, the home team took the lead about half way through the first 35 minutes, Lee increasing his tally for the season to two.

Lodge, who normally plays up front or on the wing, took a little while to settle into the right back slot, but towards the end of the first half was beginning to boss Bourne’s left wing attack.

From the start of the second half, Grantham weathered and repulsed attacks by Bourne, but did concede a couple of short corners, however these were dealt with.

Going up the other end of the pitch, Grantham forced their own short corner and Jem Hill scored with a clinical shot, deflected by the keeper but still hitting the back board, to double his team’s advantage.

Despite only having 10 men, Grantham stuck more to their positions of play and worked together as a complete unit, rather than attack and defence with very little in the midfield.

Another attack led to Lee scoring his second of the match at the second attempt, which left the result in no doubt.

All in all, there was some good play by Grantham and better link-up between players, although wayward passes still need working on – and not getting caught on the ball.

This week sees Leadenham 2nd visit Grantham, which should be a sterner test from the team who nearly won promotion last season.