Grantham Town earn a draw with last gasp goal

Jordan Hempenstall puts in a cross against Boston United.
Jordan Hempenstall puts in a cross against Boston United.
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Grantham Town displayed a never-say-die attitude to turn round a 2-0 half time deficit against a no-nonsense Boston side.

The game began in a battling fashion and saw early chances from Gingerbreads skipper Phil Watt, who headed over from a Will Rawden corner kick, and striker Paul Grimes who fired wide.

Despite their superior strength in virtually every department, Boston showed no actual threat on goal for the first quarter of an hour but went in front from their first real drive forward on 18 minutes, with former Gingerbread Jamie McGhee heading past the diving Jake Turner.

Town almost replied straight away when Jordan Hempenstall launched a cheeky long-range effort that went just over the Boston bar.

Grimes also had a chance to put Grantham level on 25 minutes, but Pilgrims keeper Matt Gledhill was equal to his curling free kick and tipped the ball over the bar.

Once again, Boston made full use of their rare full-on attacks and doubled their lead in the 36th minute. Town failed to clear from Kane Felix’s free kick and Connor Marshall pounced to fire past Turner.

A rain shower heralded the start of the second half when Grantham’s Greg Smith dragged a good chance wide of the target.

Hempenstall curled his 54th minute free kick straight into Gledhill’s arms and, at the other end, McGhee’s shot took a deflection two minutes later.

Smith was unable to get the slightest of touches needed on Connor Johnson’s ball in, while Turner caught well from Pilgrim Carl Piergianni’s header with 20 minutes remaining.

A minute later, United broke with a long ball down the left flank to Scott Garner, but the number five fired straight at Turner.

A fine Grantham move saw Sam Puricoe steal the ball off Rene Steer and put a good ball through to Hempenstall, but again he was unable to get his boot to it.

Town pulled a goal back with nine minutes remaining. Following a foul on Grimes, Smith got on to the resulting free kick and put the ball into the back of the net.

The Pilgrims had a good chance to make the game safe in the 86th minute. Dale Southwell only had the Grantham keeper to beat and struck his shot well, but Turner saved with his feet.

The Gingerbreads levelled with virtually the last kick of the game when Watt scored from a goalmouth scramble.

Grantham Town: Turner, Purcicoe, Rawden, Batchelor, Watt (c), Lister, Dickinson, Johnson, Grimes, Smith, Hempenstall. Subs: Walker, Matthews, Lewis, Zuerner. Att: 119.