Penalities decide Grantham Town’s fate in Lincs Shield semi-final
Lincolnshire Senior Shield
Grantham Town 1
Gainsborough Trinity 1
(Gainsborough won 4-2 on penalties)
The Gingerbreads cruelly lost out on a place in the county competition final in a penalty shoot-out after leading for half the game and having the upper hand for much of it.
Grantham had the majority of play and chances in the first half, although Trinity skipper Simon Russell struck the woodwork in the 19th minute.
Town deservedly went in front three minutes before the break when Lee Shaw picked up a deep ball and cut it back to Michael Hollingsworth, who ran in on goal and smacked his shot into the back of the net.
Gainsborough threw on substitutes in the second half and came at Grantham more, forcing the Gingerbreads to sit back at times.
As the clock ticked down, a goal for the visitors seemed almost inevitable and it came with four minutes remaining. Trinity broke down the right flank and the ball was squared across the face of goal where sub Darryn Stamp headed in with aplomb.
Grantham chased a winner in the final throes, but the penalties scenario was looming large and the final whistle came all too soon.
Hollingsworth opened Town’s account in the shoot-out, to which Trinity replied. Gainsborough keeper Jonathan Hedge tipped Lawrence Gorman’s effort off the post, whilst Russell made no mistake against Jake Turner to give the visitors the edge.
Danny Meadows thumped in his spot-kick to keep the Gingerbreads in touch but Trinity again were clinical with their reply, making it 3-2 to them.
Grantham sub Stefan Bilyk blasted his effort over the bar to open the door for Gainsborough, with keeper Hedge firing past his opposite number to seal Town’s fate.
Grantham Town: Turner, Meadows, Emmott, Gorman, Humble, Hollingsworth, Kirby, Lewis (c), Shaw, Read (Bilyk, 76), Beckett. Subs not used: Farmer, Johnson, Martin, Rhule.