Northern Premier League
Grantham Town 1
FC United of Manchester 5
Grantham Town suffered a heavy defeat to FC United of Manchester in a mediocre game punctuated by the visitors’ five strikes and something of a consolation goal for the Gingerbreads.
A particularly dire first half saw United go into half time two goals to the good, with strikes from Lee Neville in the 29th minute and Tom Greaves five minutes before the break.
Grantham pulled a goal back three minutes into the second period when a 40yd free kick evaded the visitors’ defence and left Greg Smith to nod in cheekily past keeper James Spencer.
Manchester restored their two-goal buffer in the 69th minute when substitute Matthew Walwyn slotted in with virtually his first kick of the game. Walwyn doubled his tally on 84 minutes and Jerome Wright lofted in United’s fifth deep into injury time to seal victory.
The match was far from a thrilling spectacle for the crowd of 739 but in the end, United’s strength, agility, awareness and composure shone through and, after a shaky start to the season, the Manchester side have today gone top of the league and may well stay there for the duration.