Grantham Town inflict first defeat on Linnets

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Grantham's Ellis Storey faces up to a King's Lynn forward. Photo: Toby Roberts

Grantham's Ellis Storey faces up to a King's Lynn forward. Photo: Toby Roberts

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Grantham Town inflicted King’s Lynn Town’s first pre-season defeat at The Meres on Tuesday night.

The Southern Premier League Linnets looked the more structured and composed in the opening exchanges but the Gingerbreads never stopped battling and deserved to go in front in the 24th minute.

Lee Ndlouv found himself clean through and, for once, the referee’s assistant kept his flag down. Ndlouv beat the last defender, rounded keeper Alex Street and slotted home.

Ndlouv doubled his tally and Grantham’s lead five minutes into the second half. A good run into the box by substitute Courtney Meade ended with him squaring across the face of goal, where Ndlouv knocked the ball in the back of the net, leaving Street grasping at thin air.

Grantham stunned the Linnets further with a third goal three minutes later. The Gingerbreads caught Lynn on the hop, with Meade breaking away to give himself enough time to lob the ball over Street and into the back of the net.

A moment of complacency allowed King’s Lynn to pull a goal back two minutes later, catching Grantham on the break, with Jake Spreight firing home.

There were several further chances for both sides as the second half wore on, but the Gingerbreads stuck to their guns and ultimately frustrated the visitors.

Grantham Town: Turner, Gorman, Storey, Hollingsworth, Humble, Beeson, Meadows, Carchedi, Ndlouv, Saunders, Emmott. Subs: McGowan, Farmer, Meade, Wilkinson, Bilyk, Beckett.