Northern Premier League
Grantham Town 0
Ramsbottom United 4
What should on paper have been one of the easiest games of the season turned out to be nothing of the sort, as the Gingerbreads suffered an embarrassing defeat by bottom of the league Ramsbottom.
United’s superior performance all over the field belied their lowly position and their win was thoroughly deserved.
The visitors played tidy football throughout, whilst Grantham too often gave the ball away with sloppy passes.
Town went behind in the 12th minute when Rammy sliced through defenders to set up Kayde Coppin who, in space aplenty, fired in with ease.
Grantham kept the one goal deficit until a minute before half time when Michael Emmott conceded a corner kick. Coppin took the flag kick which was back-heeled in cheekily by Alex Meaney for 2-0 at the break.
The Gingerbreads were undone a third time eight minutes into the second half. With their defence at sixes and sevens, David Kuba-Kuba poked in from a goalmouth scramble.
As if Town’s day could get no worse, they conceded a penalty in the 58th minute when Meaney was felled in the box. Back on his feet, he fired into the bottom right corner to put Ramsbottom 4-0 up.
Grantham had several chances to reclaim some dignity, but it was too steep a hill to climb and, all in all, a bad day at the office.
Grantham Town: Turner, Meadows (Cullingworth, 68), Emmott, Hollingsworth, Purcicoe, Storey, McGhee (Holwell, 74), Lewis, Shaw, Simmons, Beckett (Harris, 45). Subs not used: Gorman, Bilyk.