HOCKEY: Afternoon to forget as Grantham slump to fifth straight league defeat

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Grantham slumped to their fifth straight league defeat, suffering a 5-0 reverse at the hands of an experienced Bourne Deeping side at The Meres.

Both teams started brightly and Grantham welcomed back first team regulars David Nix, Mark Gray and Rob Buxton whose early touches showed plenty of promise for the hosts. Having ridden out the danger from a couple of early Deeping short corners, Grantham looked organised across the back and were finding space up front and down the sidelines.

However, the visitors remained dangerous on the break and managed to win several more short corners despite Grantham dominance. One of these was smashed home in the centre of the goal, the wet conditions hindering AWS Appliance Spares man-of-the-match Will Leadenham in the Grantham goal.

Grantham did not let their heads drop, however, and kept playing good passing hockey. Nevertheless, when Grantham lost the ball Bourne Deeping were quick to recycle possession and move the ball into the attacking third and this proved to be Grantham’s undoing as they conceded two more soft goals during the first half.

The second half followed the pattern of the first, with Grantham playing good passing hockey until they lost the ball, whereupon Deeping were able to counter swiftly and effectively. After a fourth Deeping goal was smashed home following a failed Grantham clearance, the home side lost their structure and style of the earlier passages of the game.

While Mark Gray and Joe Starks provided cover in the centre, the writing was on the wall for Grantham following a fifth breakaway Deeping goal, forced in from close range.

It was an afternoon to forget for Grantham, who go to rock-bottom Cambridge Nomads on Saturday knowing that a win, coupled with a Boston victory over Ely, would see survival for a team that has yet to fully realise its potential this season.