Town open pre-season with four-goal draw

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TOWN were held to a draw in their opening pre-season game after twice being pegged back by Lincoln Moorlands.

Unlike last season, it was Grantham who were quickest out of the blocks. In the third minute, Lee Potts beat Tom Briggs and crossed for Ben Saunders. Saunders’ touch took the ball just wide of the post.

After 11 minutes, Grantham took the lead. Chris Glarvey played a good crossfield ball for Gio Carchedi who timed his run right and comfortably passed the ball beyond the Moorlands’ keeper into the net.

Moorlands had looked dangerous on the break and had a couple of chances themselves. Former Gingerbread Ben Garrick got on the end of a free kick but his header hit the Grantham crossbar.

Four changes from each side at half time heralded a disjointed 45 minutes as regular substitutions broke the flow of play. Ben Saunders got on the end of two good crosses but both times his efforts were off target.

The game was levelled after 68 minutes when Good chased a through ball that left him with just Murray to beat. He slid his shot past the Grantham goalkeeper to score.

Four minutes later, Grantham were back in front. Carchedi hit a far post cross for Sam Purcicoe who squared the ball back for Potts to slide home.

Late in the game, Moorlands opened the Grantham defence up with some quick passing. Tom Bachelor twice had good chances. Murray produced a great save, changing direction to tip the ball round the post from his first effort. His second was lifted over the crossbar.

In the last minute, Moorlands equalised. A free kick to the Grantham far post caused problems for the Gingerbreads as everyone left the ball and Adam Buckley turned it over the line.

Overall, Grantham Town joint manager Jimmy Albans was pleased with the run-out.

He said: “We gave everyone a good run on the pitch and were pleased with most of what we saw. We conceded two sloppy goals, but as we learn more about playing together, we will cut that out.”

Grantham Town: Rob Murray, Jamie McGhee (Gio Carchedi, 74 mins), Lee Potts, Scott Helliwell (Phil Watt, 58 mins), Grant Brindley, Phil Watt (Alistair Asher, 45 mins), Tom Maddison (Chris Glarvey, 76 mins), Chris Glarvey (Rhys Lewis, 45 mins), Gio Carchedi (Sam Purcicoe, 45 mins), Ben Saunders, Tris Whitman (Paul Grimes, 45 mins).