Grantham Youth League
Barrowby Lions 7
GOALS from Evans and Read, two from Wright and a hat trick from man-of-the-match Foister, gave Barrowby all three points.
Ancaster’s reply was from Gore with possibly the goal of the game.
Barrowby: Dodwell, Tonge, Cooper, Johnson, Federson, French, Evans, Down, Read, Mayfield, Wright, Foister.
Barrowby Lions 3
Long Bennington 1
BENNINGTON took the lead before half time with a well-taken goal.
Barrowby levelled after the break from the spot through Mayfield, after a trip on man-of-the-match Wright.
Wright then stole the show with two goals of his own to give Lions victory in a hard-fought game.
Barrowby: Dodwell ,Tonge, Johnson, French, Cooper, Federson, Evans, Down, Mayfield, Wright, Hands, Read, Foister.
AN improving Barrowby team and a strong Pointon side served up a thrilling game that swung one way then the other.
Barrowby shaded the early stages and were unlucky not to be ahead, but it was Pointon who led at half time by a single goal.
The third period saw Barrowby come back at the visitors with Jack Woodward, Lewis MacLeod and Bobby MacDonald linking well in midfield. Barry Harrison’s fine runs and silky skills earned him the equaliser, and shortly after Danny Gray put Barrowby in front.
This stung Pointon into action and they themselves stuck twice in quick succession to regain a 3-2 lead.
Travis Gray, in his first Barrowby start, added strength alongside William Birkenshaw in defence, but as the wind picked up, Pointon pushed on again to add two goals late on.
Joshua Ward and Ashley Webster shared the keeping duties confidently and MacDonald took the Barrowby man-of-the-match award with an excellent all round perfomance.
Grantham Town 0
Great Ponton 2
PONTON took all three points in a hard-fought game, with Owen Devine giving them the lead midway through the first half.
Grantham pressed for an equaliser but the visitors’ rearguard of Hodgkinson, Raitt and Sweeney held firm.
Ponton put the game beyond Grantham’s reeach when Josh Crane netted their second.
The home side continued to look for a consolation goal but solid goalkeeping from Flynn Armstrong kept them at bay.
Man of the match was Liam Raitt.
Lincs Intermediate League
County Cup, first round
Grantham Town 3
GRANTHAM dominated the first half and finally went in front after 35 minutes.
Jacob Pease put a lovely through-ball to the right wing where Josh Martin’s first-time cross found Max North who vollied home.
Poor marking allowed Spalding to level from a header after a free kick was floated in to the back post.
The home side regained the lead after George Dring crossed from the left to Alex Foster, who side-footed into the Spalding net.
Grantham sealed the win from a set-piece. Dring’s free kick left the Spalding keeper stranded and dropped in at the far post.
Grantham: Bealle, Adams, Kemp, T. Martin, Divver, J. Martin, Drury, Pease, Foster, North, Olive. Subs: Dring, Sugden, Bray, Airey.
Mid Lincs League
Gonerby Yellows 3
GONERBY went behind after a defensive error, but from a set-piece James Ladds converted a free kick to even the scores.
Rustons took the lead again but Ryan Smith balanced the game once more with a well-taken goal just before half time.
In the second half, both teams played some very good football and Rustons, on the break, regained the lead. Gonerby continued to press the visitors for another equaliser but then found themselves down to 10 men.
Against the odds, the team displayed great character to even the game with a second goal from Ladds to level the scores a third time.
Man of the match was awarded to James Ladds for his domination and determination throughout the game.
Gonerby: Hibbert, Hotchin, A. McIntosh, C. McIntosh, Pickering, Hutton, Geeson, Ladds, Ayre, Smith, Baker. Subs: Clayton, Crane, Ellis-Millar.
Great Ponton 5
Woodhall Spa 2
PONTON were soon in control and Conor O’Leary’s short corner was hit home by David Croke from 20 yards.
Another good move saw Will Barron break away and hit a brilliant chip on the run from 18 yards to double the lead. Ponton added a third when striker Kemal Yenibertiz hit home from 20 yards.
Matthew Rawding was fouled in the box but the Spa keeper made a good save.
Slack defending saw Woodhall pull two goals back before half time.
The home side made it 4-2 with O’Leary smashing home from the penalty spot. Ian Goode headed in a fifth to seal victory.
Man of the match was shared between keeper Jake Cook and Brendan Dixon.
Ponton: cook, O’Leary, Allen, Bradley, Chambers, Croke, Rawding, Barron, Yenibertiz, Goode, Cardoso, Dixon.
Long Bennington 0
GONERBY maintained their 100 per cent record in the league with a comprehensive victory over a plucky Bennington.
It was generally one-way traffic in the first half with Gonerby creating a number of chances that they narrowly failed to convert. However Bennington continued to be dangerous on the break and the half ended goalless.
After Max Angeloni hit the post early in the second half, Bennington’s resistance was finally broken when Sam Brown smashed home a first goal. The Bennington keeper then unluckily allowed Luke Gorman’s corner to squirm in at the front post for a second goal.
The result was put beyond doubt when Jack Davidson finished off a sweeping move.
Gonerby: Eardley (c), Gullick, Burton, Taggart, Corden, Lewin, Davidson, Boyle, Atkinson, Angeloni, Brown, Gorman, Fitt, Sellars.
Lincolnshire County Cup
Bourne U12 4
Gonerby U11 2
GONERBY took the lead after a fine corner from Michael Coates was turned in at the far post by Jacob Baker.
Max Hardy cleared well off the line before Bourne scored three unanswered goals to take control by half time.
Bourne continued to press at the start of the second half, but fine work by Gonerby’s keeper Oliver Storey, supported by a solid defence, kept Bourne at bay until they extended the lead further with a well-worked goal.
Gonerby fought back strongly in the last quarter with Hardy, Euan Burridge and Coates all going close. Baker was brought down when through on goal and Coates calmly slotted home the penalty kick.
Man of the match was Jacob Baker.
Gonerby: McNulty, Baker, Nowak, Coates, Hardy, Grieh, Burridge, Ballaam, Newton, Jefferson, Storey.