FOOTBALL: Squash lose despite Smith giving it some ‘Wellie’

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Grantham & District Saturday League

Premier Division

Grantham Squash Club 1

Greyhounders 3

IN a game that could have gone either way, the visitors took the points in what was a very entertaining contest, with a much improved team performance by the Wellies fish and chip shop-sponsored Squash Club.

It started badly for the Squash Club when as early as the fourth minute they failed to clear from a weak cross, and a well-struck shot put Greyhounders in front.

To their credit, the Squash responded well and looked dangerous each time they went forward. They were then rewarded when Aaron Smith hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Just before half time the home side once more got caught at the back and were punished with a fine finish.

The second half was again even and competitive with tackles flying in from both sides, and after a couple of half chances squanderd by the Squash, it was Greyhounders who capitalised on a failed clearance. The ball fell to their centre forward who gave home keeper Daniel Hare no chance.

Squash Club’s man of the match was Graeme Williamson.

Cranmer Arms 0

Buckminster United 4

BUCKMINSTER took all three points but made hard work of a team that has only managed one win in the league so far this season.

United started nervously until a Cranmer defender slipped over in the 10th minute, allowing youngster Tom Figura to finish through the keeper’s legs from a one-on-one situation.

Chances went begging at both ends and Cranmer to their credit were unlucky not to equalise on three occasions, man-of-the-match Harry Nicholls in the Buckminster goal saving superbly from one home effort. Late in the half, Buckminster extended their lead when fine work through midfield and down the left found Figura at the back post for a simple tap-in.

The second period was much the same as the first, with both teams creating chances, but time and again those chances came to nothing.

Nicholls saved Buckminster twice in the half with two of the best saves you will see all season, before Figura completed his hat trick, following a neat passage of play involving Paul Chappell down the left, that presented Tom with another tap-in from close range.

Richard Payne rattled the bar with a close range header from a corner, and both Figura and Craig Moore should have done better with further chances, before Tom set up Zak Lehair whose first time effort from a tight angle gave the home keeper no chance.

Buckminster: Nicholls, Harris, Miller, Kettle, Greenfield, Harper, Howe, Payne, Figura, Lehair, Parker. Subs: Martini, Moore, Chappell.

Division One

Croxton 4

Caythorpe United 2

AN own goal from a Michael Burkitt free kick, 25 minutes in, gave Croxton the lead when a wicked deflection left the goalkeeper stranded.

For the remainder of the first half the lead looked likely to be extended but Croxton failed to capitalise on their chances, before eventually a Mike Marsh strike doubled the advantage.

The restart saw Caythorpe being the first to make attempts on goal as they sought to claw their way back into the game. But it was captain Marc Clowes who took his fourth goal in four games to give Croxton a comfortable three goal lead.

Caythorpe’s determination ensured that the game was never going to be safe though and a Simon Frankish header from a corner cut the deficit.

A quick response for Croxton and a dream debut for Konrad Adamiak made it 4-1 just seven minutes into his first ever appearance. A quick counter attack from Caythorpe United and a deft lob from former Croxton player Eddie Cawdron rounded the game off and a deserved three points for the home team.

Grantham & District Sunday League

Division One

Springfield AFC 3

Long Bennington 1

SPRINGFIELD earned a well deserved three points against a physical Long Bennington, and were forced to put captain and central midfielder Aaron Conboy in goal.

Springfield took the lead when a quick free kick from Vorley found Chappell in acres of space and he rounded the keeper. The home side doubled their advantage when Webb beat his man and squared to Shaw who tapped in for his 16th of the season.

Bennington’s first attack resulted in a dubious penalty which they converted to get back into the game.

Springy controlled the second half, with their back four rarely troubled. They were awarded a penalty after Shaw was brought down, and Vorley stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way.

Man of the match was J. Green.

Springfield: Conboy, Wilson, Whyley, Blanchard, Stubbs, Chappell, Vorley, Green, Sterry, Shaw, Webb, Drury, N. Blanchard.

Caythorpe 0

Colsterworth United 5

CAYTHORPE started the brighter but Colsterworth soon got into their stride with some scintillating attacking play, resulting in four goals before half time.

Mark Redley slotted home the first from close range and soon grabbed his second, latching on to a rebound from Liam Asher’s fierce strike.

Colsterworth were dominant with clever inter-play and slick passing and movement, often orchestrated through man-of-the-match James Ballaam.

Redley completed his hat trick with an emphatic strike from 12 yards out before Maclean cooly dispatched his customary goal before the break.

Caythorpe were much better in the second half and Colsterworth’s defenders excelled as the forward players took their foot of the gas.

For all the home side’s credible efforts, it was Colsterworth who grabbed the final goal when Michael Cornish calmy tucked away to round off an efficient display.

Colsterworth: Nicholson, Rylott, O’Brien, Duncan, Carthew, Taylor, Asher, Ballaam, Maclean, Redley, Singleton, Cornish.