Gonerby Yellows 4
Louth Old Boys 0
GONERBY got the new campaign underway from kick-off with a positive start and during the first half created several goal scoring opportunities but failed to convert any of them.
The second half saw Gonerby open their account through a set-piece. Captain Cameron McIntosh put his team ahead with a well-taken header.
Gonerby continued their domination and were rewarded with goals from Harry Hutton, Sam Baker and a superb volley from Ryan Smith.
Man of the match went to Daniel Hibbert for his resilience in goal and Harry Hutton for his creativity in midfield.
Gonerby: Hibbert, Pickering, A. McIntosh, C. McIntosh, Crane, Ayre, Geeson, Bond, Hutton, Hotchin, Smith. Subs: Baker, Clatter.
Great Ponton 1
IN an even first half, both teams had chances with Ian Goode and David Croke going close for Ponton.
Both defences were on top with Ponton’s Josh Allen solid at full-back for the home side.
Boston were denied by some good goalkeeping from Jake Cook but in the second half Boston broke the deadlock with a breakaway goal.
Ponton continued to push forward and a great run from Kemal Yenibertiz saw him narrowly miss. But the Ponton striker was not to be denied, picking the ball up 25 yards from goal, beating three defenders and unleashing a brilliant shot high into the top corner of the net to level the scores.
Great Ponton man-of-the-match awards went to Kemal Yenibertiz and goalkeeper Jake Cook.
Great Ponton: Cook, Cardoso, O’Leary, Bradley, Allen, Chambers, Croke, Barron, Goode, Rawding, Yenibertiz.
Sleaford Town 2
Great Ponton 1
PONTON started the brighter with Ian Goode and Kemal Yenibertiz looking dangerous, but Sleaford’s slick passing game saw them take a 1-0 lead.
Ponton’s keeper Jake Cook was in good form but unable to stop Sleaford’s second from the penalty spot.
After the break, Ponton’s midfield started to take control with Brendan Dixon dominating the game. Chances followed with Goode and Yenibertiz going close and Conor O’Leary on target with a long range effort.
Sleaford were dangerous on the break but were thwarted by a sharp Cook. Ponton deservedly pulled a goal back when Croke fed Goode who broke away and finished in style.
Ponton kept pressing for the equaliser but conceded a soft penalty. Cook saved brilliantly with a dive to his right.
Man-of-the-match awards went to Ian Goode and Jake Cook.
Ponton: Cook, Oleary, Bradley, Cardoso, Dixon, Chambers, Rawding, Allen, Yenibertiz, Croke, Goode, Barron.
Woodhall Spa 1
Barrowby Hawks 6
A FLYING start to the season for the Hawks with two great early strikes from Patryk Lawniczak.
Hawks took control of the game in the middle of the park which resulted in another two fine goals from Oliver Reid and Ryan Evans.
After the break, Hawks’ strong defending and pressure game once again had Woodhall on the back foot and led to further goals from Reid and man-of-the-match Evans before a late consolation goal was conceded.
Barrowby: Asplen, Hollingworth, White, Wingad, Evans, Reid (c), Evans, Hayward, Hall, Evans, Lawniczak, Page, Griffiths.
Grantham Youth League
Great Ponton 2
GONERBY started well and Ponton keeper Ted Sweeney made a number of important saves before he was beaten just before half time.
Ponton conceded again after the break but Owen Devine replied with a well taken goal. Ponton then levelled through Flynn Armstrong.
Ponton fluffed the chance to go in front when they missed two penalties. Gonerby scored three times in the last five minutes to steal the show.
Ponton’s man of the match was shared between Ayden O’Brien and Ted Sweeney.
ASLOCKTON took an early two-goal lead but Barrowby hit back through Adam Loveless following good build-up play by Barry Harrison and William Birkenshaw.
Ashley Webster produced some good saves in his first start for the club but could not stop the visitors from developing a 4-1 lead.
Lewis Macleod slotted neatly home to reduce the arrears before a further Aslockton strike made it 5-2 at half time.
The reliable Ben Harper supported new boys Danny Gray and William Birkenhaw in defence as they kept a clean sheet in the third quarter during which time man-of-the-match Loveless chipped in his second goal of the game.
Kieran Collins link well with Macleod and Harrison and Barrowby were unlucky not to add to their tally. Two further late goals sealed Barrowby’s fate.
Grantham Town Juniors 7
GRANTHAM’S Jacob Williams displayed his goalkeeping skills with some fantastic saves and well placed goal kicks to propel his team’s offensive throughout the match.
A solid and reliable defence from Joe Doughty, Matthew Lambley and Ben Potter neutralised the ever present threat from the opposition on countless occasions and provided their midfield team-mates with plenty of opportunity to take the action into Pointon’s half of the field.
Top goal scorer David Banjo put five superb goals into the net and was well supported by Oliwier Wnukowska and Hasham Mufti.
l Grantham Town Juniors are appealing for more players. If you were aged over eight and under 10 on August 31, you can sign up to Kickers football training at The Meres leisure centre on Saturday mornings at 10am to become part of the squad.