Grantham Town 3
Lincoln City 0
GRANTHAM Town cruised to victory over a Lincoln City side replete with a fair smattering of youth players on Wednesday night.
The Gingerbreads showed little signs of rustiness after the summer lay-off in their second pre-season friendly, with the Imps seemingly unable to match them for strength, speed and agility.
Town striker Ben Saunders missed a sitter in the sixth minute, tapping the ball straight to City keeper Nick Draper. Ben’s brother Sam tried his luck from 40 yards a minute later and was not far off the mark.
Paul Grimes had time aplenty to tee up his ninth minute volley but he also made it too easy for Draper.
Midfield play was fairly evenly balanced but with the Gingerbreads having the majority of attacking play, it seemed only a matter of time before Lincoln would be undone.
The opener came in the 21st minute. Sam Saunders picked up the ball in his own half and took a few steps up the left flank before lofting up to his brother Ben who lobbed over Draper with ease.
Ben Saunders almost doubled his side’s lead three minutes later, forcing Draper to tip his shot from the edge of the box over the bar.
Pouring rain made the already slippery conditions a little more difficult and Town’s new keeper Jimmy Lindley sensibly chose a double-handed punch to clear Gary Silk’s 31st minute free kick, rather than risking an attempt to catch the looping high ball.
Aaron Price’s 34th minute 25yd free kick curled wide of Grantham’s far post but Lincoln’s best chance of the half came with three minutes remaining. Lindley ran out of his area to shut down Josh Wright who panicked and fired too early and off-target.
The Gingerbreads doubled their advantage four minutes into the second half. Martin Ball collected a loose ball and rocketed in a half-volley from 22 yards, giving Draper no chance.
Town were 3-0 up five minutes later. Jamie McGhee found himself in acres of space and slotted past Draper effortlessly.
Lincoln had a good chance to pull one back just before the hour but Rob Duffy placed his header just wide of the near post. The Imps went close again in the 62nd minute. Luke Weaver put in a good ball across the 6yd box but Lindley was equal to his effort and plucked it from the air before the lurking Wright could get his head to it.
Gingerbreads substitute Tony Battersby’s 65th minute acrobatic diving header was not far off target, and was Town’s last real opportunity to increase their lead.
Grantham bosses Wayne Hallcro and Jimmy Albans used the remaining time to utilise the majority of their bench of substitutes, giving Town fans a chance to take a first look at some of the new signings.
Grantham Town: Lindley, Purcicoe, Potts, Brindley, S. Saunders, Jacklin, Nwadike, Ball, Grimes, B. Saunders, McGhee. Subs: Carchedi, Higginson, Lewis, Battersby, Robinson, Magee, Demidh, Briers.