Grantham Town defeat Whitby to end losing run

Gingerbread Ellis Storey (right) had a good, tight game throughout. Photo: Toby Roberts
Gingerbread Ellis Storey (right) had a good, tight game throughout. Photo: Toby Roberts
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Grantham Town finally ended their losing run with a 1-0 home win over Whitby Town.

Following six straight defeats, the Gingerbreads edged the game with a second half penalty sealing all three welcome and potentially vital points.

It was pretty much an end to end and open encounter throughout, with the home side having the better of the second period.

Grantham’s best chance of the first half came early, in the sixth minute, when Lee Shaw’s opportunistic 25-yard half volley nearly caught visiting keeper Shane Bland unawares, but the Whitby stopper’s save was equal to the home number nine’s effort.

Gingerbreads keeper Jake Turner was also tested in a similar manner, this time six minutes into the second period, but he managed to tip danger man Michael Roberts’s snap shot wide.

Grantham kept the visitors on the back foot with wave after wave of attacks after the break.

Gingerbreads striker Ben Saunders was brought down in the box on 74 minutes and referee Mr Karaivanov pointed to the spot.

Swirling rain began to fall and drive into Danny Meadows’s face as he lined up to take the spot kick, but he was undaunted and smashed the ball into the back of the net, to the cheers of the Meres faithful.

Grantham saw out the remaining 15 minutes to give the Gingerbreads fans something to cheer about.

Grantham Town: Turner, Meadows, Storey, Hollingsworth, Galinski, Carr, Burns (Harris, 88), Lewis, Shaw, Saunders (Ryan, 90), Emmott (McGhee, 87). Subs not used: Bilyk, Holwell. Att: 225.