FULL REPORT: Grantham Town triumph again

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Northern Premier League

Premier Division

Witton Albion 1

Grantham Town 3

Grantham Town registered their third successive win at Witton Albion on Saturday.

The Gingerbreads went in front fairly early on but the home side levelled before half time. Two second half set-pieces gave the visitors a comfortable victory.

Alex Simmons struck in the 18th minute after he outpaced Witton skipper Sam Barnes, rounded keeper Daniel East and slotted into the empty net.

But the home side levelled the affair three minutes before the break. Jamie Rainford’s free kick was tapped on by Danny Andrews to Michael Koral who directed his effort past Grantham keeper Dan Haystead.

Albion had a chance to snatch the lead shortly after when Alex Titchiner’s shot went off the crossbar.

Town could have gone back in front early in the second half but Jordan Hempenstall’s header flew just wide.

The Gingerbreads reasserted the advantage in the 67th minute when Michael Towey knocked in Simmons’s curling free kick.

Grantham pressured Witton and the home side were grateful to East for preventing a third Gingerbreads goal when Towey and Simmons combined their efforts again. And Town substitute Connor Johnson was unlucky when he powered his shot at the upright.

The home side’s best chance of drawing level again saw them denied when Grantham defender Sam Purcicoe intercepted Rainford’s cross.

The Gingerbreads sealed the win in added time when Tom Batchelor stabbbed in from a Simmons corner kick.

Grantham Town: Haystead, Purcicoe, Batchelor, Watt, Meikle, Dickens (Lewis, 74), Meadows, Towey, Fairclough (Johnson, 56), Simmons, Hempenstall. Subs not used: Turner, Grimes, McGovern. Att: 405.