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Scarborough Athletic
Grantham Town
Sat 20 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 911

Not a Happy Day Beside the Seaside

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Two late goals in seven minutes undid the Gingerbreads after Grantham

created enough chances to have won the game comfortably. Scarborough played the better football, but until James Walshaw's 71st minute opener, rarely threatened the Grantham goal.

"If we had been two goals in front at half-time, no-one could have complained." Said Gingerbreads Joint Manager Paul Rawden. "But we've said before that you have to take the chances. When we hit the post and the ball rolls along the line and out, you think it might not be your day and it proved that.

The first ten minutes were all Scarborough possession. Solid defending by Grantham gave the home side no way through. Ryan Watson played in James Walshaw after 10 minutes, but his shot rolled a foot wide.

Grantham didn't have too many chances, but the ones they did create deserved better luck. Chris Dawson set up Shane Benjamin a minute after Walshaw's effort, but the Gingerbreads striker lifted his shot over the bar.

Walshaw and Kern Miller were spoken to by the referee after the two clashed in the Grantham box, an off the ball niggle from Walshaw getting a reaction from Miller. Grantham frustrated Scarborough and went close to the lead on 20 minutes. Benjamin again caused the home side problems, turning to shoot and being a good low save from Tommy Taylor.

Scarborough had chances themselves. Kevin Burgess had a free header from a corner and Walshaw go on the end of a free kick, but both put their efforts over the crossbar. Grantham finished the half the strongest. Jordan Adebayo-Smith and Akeel Francis both had efforts blocked by the home defence. The best chance came five minutes from the break when Dawson ran along the by-line and pulled the ball back across the six yard line, but just behind Benjamin and the rest of the Grantham front line.

The second half had a similar story to it for the first 25 minutes. Scarborough had most of the possession, but Grantham had the best chances. On 54 minutes, Francis rose on the six yard line and powered a header goalward. Taylor reacted superbly to tip the ball over the crossbar. From the corner, Dawson did everything but score. His shot beat Taylor, but hit one post and somehow stayed out as it rolled along the line with no-one there to turn it in.

Sam Andrew was in the right place to field a couple of free kicks from dangerous positions, but could do nothing about the hosts’ opener on 71 minutes. Michael Coulson split the Gingerbreads defence with a through-ball for Walshaw. The striker lashed his shot high past Andrew.

Seven minutes later, Scarborough added a second goal. A free kick delivered into the Gingerbreads penalty area was knocked down for Coulson. He had space to shoot past Andrew to seal the game.

The home side could have added a third goal late in the game, but Grantham did enough to stop Luke Loft's late run. It made no difference as the two goals were enough for Scarborough.

Highlights

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76:00 Sub Off
Shane Benjamin is substituted off for Grantham Town
76:00 Sub On
Jamie Jackson is substituted on for Grantham Town
45:00 Sub On
Niah Payne is substituted on for Grantham Town
45:00 Sub Off
Kern Miller is substituted off for Grantham Town
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As it happened

  • Scarborough Athletic
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Niah Payne Sub On 45:00'
  • Kern Miller Sub Off 45:00'
  • Shane Benjamin Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jamie Jackson Sub On 76:00'

Team selection

Andrew, Sam Andrew, Sam
Edobor, Obaro Edobor, Obaro
Miller, Kern Miller, Kern
Francis, Akeel Francis, Akeel
Ward, Tom Ward, Tom
Bartle, Connor Bartle, Connor
McGovern, Jack McGovern, Jack
Dawson, Chris Dawson, Chris
Adebayo-Smith, Jordan Adebayo-Smith, Jordan
Tweed, Michael Tweed, Michael
Benjamin, Shane Benjamin, Shane

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# Team Pl Pts
16. Bamber Bridge 40 42
17. Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
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20. Marine 40 40
21. Workington 40 29
22. North Ferriby United 0 0

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