Grantham Town well beaten at Trafford
Northern Premier League
Grantham Town 1
Grantham were well beaten at bottom-of-the-table Trafford’s Shawe View on Saturday, with just a late Liam Hurst goal as consolation.
The home side had only won four league games all season, the last being back in December, but they started confidently and went close in the opening minutes through Chris McDonagh.
Meanwhile for Grantham, Danny Meadows squandered a couple of free kicks and Lee Ndlovu forced a good save from Trafford goalkeeper Tom Read with his close range effort after a good build-up by Ben Saunders and Liam Read.
The Gingerbreads first went behind in the 22nd minute. Liam Blake fed Jon Pritchard on the left flank and he curled in a low cross which McDonagh bundled into the back of the net.
The remainder of the first half saw chances few and far between for either side, with only Meadows going close with a volley that missed by inches.
Trafford substitute striker Mark Derbyshire replaced McDonagh six minutes into the second half and he was quick to take effect, firing wide of the target within minutes of his introduction.
At the other end, Grantham may have had a chance to equalise had anyone been able to get a boot to Ndlovu’s cross into the Trafford penalty area.
Town conceded a second time on 61 minutes when Chris Palmer cut inside from the left and fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards past Town keeper Jake Turner.
It was 3-0 12 minutes later when Derbyshire combined with Pritchard well before volleying in from 15 yards.
The Gingerbreads did not give up and pulled a goal back with nine minutes remaining. Substitute Liam Hurst was given too much space on the left and had time to pick his spot and slide the ball in past Tom Read to the far corner.
Saunders tested Tom Read with a close range effort and Michael Emmott curled a shot just wide as the clock ticked down, but the hosts clung on well to take all three points.
Grantham Town: Turner, Meadows, Kay, Purcicoe, Hellewell (Lewis, 71), Miveld, Read (Hurst, 74), Hollingsworth, Ndlovu, Saunders, Emmott. Subs not used: Bilyk, Johnson, Rhule.