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Halesowen Town
Grantham Town
Full time
C Burrows (30'), L Shaw (37'), A Wright (64')
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 338

It's Never Too Late For Jingle Bells

Adam Stevens named the same side that won on New Years Day. Stefan Galinski was back from illness.

Grantham came home with a well earned three points, first containing their hosts, then taking their chances to put Halesowen out of the game. The win lifted Grantham back to second in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

The first twenty-five minutes were fairly even as both sides played open football and tried to grasp the initiative. Twice the Gingerbreads defence had to get there first to block efforts from Matthew Barnes-Homer and Kevin Da Viega Monteiro.

In between those chances the Gingerbreads had shown their intent and after Jordan Hempenstall and Danny Meadows went close, Grantham took the lead on 30 minutes. Not for the last time in the game, Lee Shaw beat his man and fired in a shot. Halesowen goalkeeper Daniel Platt saved Shaw's effort, but the ball rebounded nicely for Curtis Burrows to nod into the empty net.

Seven minutes later it was 2-0 to the Gingerbreads. This time it was Lee Shaw who finished well. Grantham broke quickly after defending a Halesowen free kick. Hempenstall flicked the ball on for Shaw. The Grantham striker had too much pace for Halesowen defender Asa Charlton and slid his shot past Platt.

After the break, Grantham maintained their dominance of the game to deny Halesowen any chance to get back into the game. A solid rearguard denied the home side a sight of goal. Their only half chance was dragged well wide by Roland Agbor

The Gingerbreads control of the game seemed complete on 63 minutes when they beat the Halesowen defence again for a third goal. Clearing a Halesowen corner, Shaw sent Andy Wright held off the challenge from Exodus Geohaghon and from a narrow angle beat Platt with his shot.

With a three goal cushion, Grantham maybe took their foot off the gas, but Halesowen certainly didn't. Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls dragged his 71st minute effort wide, but with 8 minutes left, Halesowen pulled one back. Agbor had enough time to turn inside the Grantham penalty area and fire into the top corner of the Gingerbreads net.

Halesowen went close to making the final minutes awkward for the Gingerbreads. As the game moved into injury time, a poor clearance from Kieron Preston fell to Yasin Al-Masry. Fortunately for Grantham, his shot was too close to Preston and the Grantham goalkeeper recovered well.

A minute later, Preston was in action again. Agbor again had time to fire in a shot, but the Gingerbreads goalkeeper was equal to his effort to ensure a comfortable three points for Grantham.

By Graham Cowell

Key moments

30:00
Goal Curtis Burrows scores for Grantham Town
37:00
Goal Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
64:00
Goal Andy Wright scores for Grantham Town

Highlights

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89:00 Sub Off
Lee Shaw is substituted off for Grantham Town
89:00 Sub On
Jack McMenamy is substituted on for Grantham Town
87:00 Sub On
Tom Curtis is substituted on for Grantham Town
87:00 Sub Off
Andy Wright is substituted off for Grantham Town
64:00 Goal 0 - 3
Andy Wright scores for Grantham Town
51:00 Sub Off
Danny Meadows is substituted off for Grantham Town
51:00 Sub Off
Samuel Osbourne is substituted off for Grantham Town
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 0 - 2
Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
30:00 Goal 0 - 1
Curtis Burrows scores for Grantham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Halesowen Town
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Curtis Burrows Goal 30:00'
  • Lee Shaw Goal 37:00'
  • Danny Meadows Sub Off 51:00'
  • Samuel Osbourne Sub Off 51:00'
  • Andy Wright Goal 64:00'
  • Tom Curtis Sub On 87:00'
  • Andy Wright Sub Off 87:00'
  • Jack McMenamy Sub On 89:00'
  • Lee Shaw Sub Off 89:00'

Team selection

Preston, Kieran Preston, Kieran
Potts, Tom Potts, Tom
Batchelor, Thomas Batchelor, Thomas
Burrows, Curtis Burrows, Curtis
Lewis, Rhys Lewis, Rhys
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Meadows, Danny Meadows, Danny
Wright, Andy Wright, Andy
Shaw, Lee Shaw, Lee
Hempenstall, Jordan Hempenstall, Jordan
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael

League round up

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1
Altrincham
Nantwich Town
1
5
Hednesford Town
1
1
Mickleover Sports
Warrington Town
1
0
Buxton
Whitby Town
0
5

Standings

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 27 59
2. Grantham Town 27 49
3. Shaw Lane 24 49
4. Warrington Town 25 47
5. Farsley Celtic 29 47
6. Ashton United 25 46
7. Workington 28 46

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