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Grantham Town
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L Shaw (26', 78' Pen, 90')
Sat 18 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 331

Shaw Shoots Down The Bucks

Lee Shaw came out on top in the battle of the leagues’ leading scorers.

The Gingerbreads striker hit his second hat-trick of the season, while Buxtons Liam Hardy was kept on a tight leash by the Gingerbreads defence.

Grantham edged a tight first half with both sides having chances to score, but the Gingerbreads Making the difference on 26 minutes. Playing up the slope in the first half, Grantham needed to play on the front foot to negate the inevitable pressure from the home side.

It was Buxton who had the first clear chance of the game after 11 minutes. Hardy got away from Stefan Galynski and laid a perfect ball back for Luke Hinsley. From the edge of the six yard box, Hinsley skied his effort over the crossbar

Three minutes later, the home side had another good chance. From a corner, Ioan Evans had a free header, but similar to Hinsley, he couldn’t hit the target. From that point on, the only danger came from the Gingerbreads. Curtis Burrows had a shot blocked just before Grantham took the lead.

Jordan Hempenstall’s shot was deflected for a corner, and when Buxton didn’t clear their lines, Burrows whipped the ball back in to the near post. Shaw reacted the quickest and got across the front of the Buxton defence to turn the ball past Jan Budtz for a 26th minute lead for the Gingerbreads.

With the slope in their favour in the second half, Grantham took the game to Buxton. A high pressing game gave the hosts no chance to settle. Although Grantham conceded early possession in the second half, they held their hosts at arms’ length. Chances began to come on the break. A cross from Shaw and was agonizingly in front of Andy Wright, and a quick break saw Michael Hollingsworth set up Shaw, but his effort was blocked. Another cross, this time from Danny Meadows just eluded Shaw.

The Gingerbreads top scorer got his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot with 12 minutes left. Hempenstall turned too sharply in the penalty area for his defender and referee Mr Watson had no hesitation awarding a penalty. Shaw was not worried about Budtzs’ reputation for saving spot kicks as he sent the Buxton keeper the wrong way to double Grantham’s lead.

The second goal took the wind out of Buxton at the right time, taking some sting from the expected late assault from the home side. Instead, it was Grantham and Shaw who got the late goal. Hollingsworth brought the ball forward on the break and slipped it through the Buxton defence for Shaw to complete his hat trick from yards out.

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Key moments

Goal Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
Scored Penalty Lee Shaw scores a penalty for Grantham Town
Goal Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town


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90:00 Goal 0 - 3
Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
88:00 Sub On
Ryley Thompson is substituted on for Grantham Town
88:00 Sub Off
Curtis Burrows is substituted off for Grantham Town
79:00 Sub On
Jack McMenamy is substituted on for Grantham Town
79:00 Sub Off
Jordan Hempenstall is substituted off for Grantham Town
78:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Lee Shaw scores a penalty for Grantham Town
End of period 1
26:00 Goal 0 - 1
Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Buxton
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Lee Shaw Goal 26:00'
  • Lee Shaw Scored Penalty 78:00'
  • Jack McMenamy Sub On 79:00'
  • Jordan Hempenstall Sub Off 79:00'
  • Ryley Thompson Sub On 88:00'
  • Curtis Burrows Sub Off 88:00'
  • Lee Shaw Goal 90:00'

Team selection

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

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 46 95
2. Ashton United 46 82
3. Warrington Town 46 82
4. Grantham Town 46 81
5. Farsley Celtic 46 80
6. Shaw Lane 46 79
7. Witton Albion 46 70

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