Two Wins Out Of Two
The Gingerbreads U12s made it two wins out of two at the start of their season.
Grantham Town U12s won their second game of the season this morning in a tight, hard-fought game against Mansfield Town.
Grantham were more quickly out of the blocks and their pressure on the Mansfield defence led to an early goal, which was finished smartly by Grantham's 'gold' man-of-the match, Flynn Slater. Despite this early set-back, Mansfield then settled down well, and space and chances were at a premium for the remainder of the quarter.
In the second quarter, William Flint hit an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box for Mansfield to level the game. It looked like the teams would go into half-time all-square, but more good play by Flynn Slater enabled him to set up Sean Bray-Smith to finish from six yards' out for Grantham's second goal with the last kick of the half.
The game remained tight and highly competitive in the third period, but the game fully game to life in the final quarter. First, following a brilliant dummy and pass from Alexander Mooney, one of Mansfield's two keepers, the visitors launched an attack down the right side. Cameron Brown took the ball into the box, beat his man and fired home to level the game again.
Mansfield's joy was short-lived, however. Within a minute, fast, intelligent interplay between Sam Edgington and Freddie Streeter set up Flynn Slater who made no mistake to score his second goal of the game and restore Grantham's lead. Mansfield changed to a three-man attack as they searched for another equaliser, but Grantham attacked again down the left side and Charlie Rigby squared for Freddie Streeter to score the home team's fourth goal. Grantham held out for the remaining five minutes to win the game 4-2.
In between the goals, the teams managed to hit the woodwork a total of five times and there were several other near misses. Despite the goals and chances, however, there were also strong defensive performances from both teams, led by Owen Tindall of Mansfield and Freddie Wheatley of Grantham.
The game was highly-competitive throughout, but was always played in a great, sporting spirit by both teams. We wish Mark, Ian and all the Mansfield boys and parents all the very best for rest of the season.