Grantham Town demolish bottom club Droylsden

Grantham Town v Droylsden
Grantham Town v Droylsden
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Northern Premier League

Premier Division

Grantham Town 6

Droylsden 0

Grantham Town recorded a satisfying but not unexpected big win over basement side Droylsden who are yet to win a game in the league this season.

The Gingerbreads managed to make hard work of it at times but if early dominance had paid dividends, Town could have been looking at double figures.

A goal seemed to be on the horizon from the kick-off and it looked like it was going to be akin to shooting fish in a barrel, but the floodgates would not open and it was not until the 38th minute that Grantham opened their account when Jack McGovern weaved through the Droylsden defence and fired past keeper Craig Dootson.

The visiting keeper received a red card a minute later for bringing Paul Grimes down just inside the penalty area. Grimes stepped up to fire in the spot kick past replacement keeper Oliver Town Townsley and send Town into the break two goals to the good.

Droylsden looked to have a bit more about them at the start of the second half and Sam Madeley was unfortunate to strike the post three minutes in.

The home side extended their advantage in the 62nd minute when Greg Smith headed in his 21st goal of the season.

Midfielder Deon Meikle made it 4-0 when he fired in from close range at the far post from a Lee Potts corner kick.

Grantham had to wait until the 90th minute to find number five when McGovern shot in off the post from a Grimes lay-back.

Into added time, substitute Gary King was tripped in the box when looking odds-on to score. Referee Mr Bourne pointed to the spot again and McGovern beat Townsley with his penalty to complete his hat trick and seal victory for the Gingerbreads.

Grantham Town: Haystead, Purcicoe, Ridley (Hawes, 54), Meikle, Lister (c), McGovern, Towey (King, 72), Grimes, G. Smith (Hempenstall, 72), Potts. Subs not used: Walker, K. Smith.

Att: 231