Solid performance gives Grantham Town pleasing victory

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Northern Premier League

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Ben Saunders (centre) gives Grantham Town an early lead on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts

Ben Saunders (centre) gives Grantham Town an early lead on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts

Grantham Town 3

Witton Albion 1

A good, solid all-round performance gave the Gingerbreads victory, with a gritty and determined second half of which to be proud.

Following a fairly quiet start to the game, Grantham went in front in the sixth minute. Michael Emmott squared a ball from the left across the face of goal where Ben Saunders was waiting to slam it into the back of the net.

Witton Albion woke up got themselves back into the game from a penalty in the 36th minute, after a rather innocuous looking “challenge” in the 18-yard box. Referee Mr Thompson pointed to the spot and Daniel Andrews did the business.

The Gingerbreads wasted no time in restoring their lead after the break. With the visiting defence looking half asleep, skipper Rhys Lewis found himself unmarked and knocked the ball in from the centre of the penalty area in the 50th minute.

Town effectively sealed victory seven minutes later with a contender for goal of the season – Liam Kay’s cracking half-volley, taken with poise and aplomb from 25 yards, that sailed into the bottom corner of the Witton net.

The home side had further chances to add to their tally, including a great 83rd minute move that saw Notts County loan player Reece Fyfe storm down the centre of the pitch, only for his shot to go too softly and too directly to Albion keeper Andrew Robertson.

Grantham Town: Turner, Meadows, Rawdon, Kay, Hellewell, Miveld, Hurst (Johnson, 89), Lewis (c), Read, Saunders (Bilyk, 78), Emmott (Fyfe, 71). Subs not used: Wholey, Divver.

Att: 210.