HOCKEY: Grantham men return home from St Ives disappointed

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East League Division 5

North (West)

St Ives 4th 3

Grantham 1

A strong Grantham side arrived in St Ives confident of doing the double over their opponents, having won 1-0 in the reverse fixture, but came away disappointed.

Both sides started brightly in an end-to-end early period of the match. However, given increasingly more time on the ball and with their players beginning to find space down the flanks, St Ives took the lead and repeated their goal-scoring feat shortly after.

Shell-shocked by their inability to get a foothold in the game, Grantham stumbled to the half time whistle. Improvement in the second half saw fresh attacking impetus for a few moments, but most of the second half followed the pattern of the first.

The home side capitalised on an unfortunate Grantham clearance and a forward converted high into the roof of the net.

Grantham’s only moment of quality came in the final 30 seconds when David Braunton played a glorious, defence-splitting diagonal to free skipper Benjie Groom who sprinted clear, before drawing the opposition keeper and slotting inside the far post.

For his excellent work on the left, Will Hill was named as Specsavers man of the match.

Grantham: Leadenham, Richardson, Wraith, J. Hill, Johnson, W. Hill, Gray, MacAllister, Braunton, Nix, Groom.