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U14 - Friendly - Match centre

Grantham Town 13
Skegness Imps 13
L Smith (7', 14'), K Smith (64')
Full time
Sun 28 Feb 12:30 - Lincolnshire Co-op Mid Lincs County Youth League - Under 13D League

2nd Stadium victory for young Gingerbreads

Grantham take the points and maintain 100% record on the main pitch

Our visitors were welcomed to the Mere's stadium after their journey from the east coast, and it was Skegness who started the early running in this game and the Grantham defence were called upon to clear the early visitors chances.

Grantham had a chance on 5 minutes but Kieran Smith saw his shot go wide of the target, 2 minutes later the hosts led with a superb overhead shot from Lewis Smith that crashed into the back of the net.
There were chances at both ends and Harry Pulfrey in the Grantham goal did well on several occasions to thwart any Skegness attacks.

Henry Johnson was putting in a good performance at centre half, alongside Tom Clark, and both players made great challenges to restore the Grantham lead.

Going forward the wide players Luke Pulfrey and Keiran Tarver were putting in a great shift and were well supported by captain Ollie Burton and Alfie Hardman in getting the ball through to the Grantham front two.

With 17 minutes on the clock Grantham doubled their advantage when Lewis Smith with the sweetest of touches lobbed the keeper from 25 yards.
Skegness rallied as they tried hard to get back into the game and several times broke through only to find the hosts keeper clear coming off his line, Matthew Lambley and Jakub Radowski were playing some great football as full backs to keep out any Skegness attacks in wide positions.

Both Kieran and Lewis Smith came close to adding to the hosts tally but saw their shots saved by the visitors goalkeeper.
Luke Pulfrey dropped his shoulder and struck a fine shot which sailed narrowly over the bar just before the referee blew for the interval.

The 2nd half began with liam Ginnelly on in centre midfield and Jack Carroll on the right of midfield for Grantham.
Grantham battled hard to find a third goal but Skegness defended well and kept the hosts out on a few occasions, the visitors had chances of their own and were growing in confidence with some neat moves, however Grantham coped admirably with the Skegness pressure.

20 minutes into the half the visitors got some reward for their work as a move down the left was put through to the Imps striker who calmly slotted the ball past the advancing Harry Pulfrey and into the net.
This spurned Skegness on and they had their best spell of the game adding more pressure to the Grantham defence, the Gingerbreads had chances too and saw a shot from the left go wide and one over the bar as the hosts attempted to regain their 2 goal advantage.

With 6 minutes to go the hosts found Kieran Smith just inside the box and this time his shot hit the back of the net to make it 3-1.
Grantham pressed for more late on but had done enough to take the points.

Grantham Town man of the match was Luke Pulfrey

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Key moments

7:00
Goal Lewis Smith scores for Grantham Town 13
14:00
Goal Lewis Smith scores for Grantham Town 13
64:00
Goal Kieran Smith scores for Grantham Town 13

Highlights

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64:00 Goal 3 - 0
Kieran Smith scores for Grantham Town 13
End of period 1
14:00 Goal 2 - 0
Lewis Smith scores for Grantham Town 13
7:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lewis Smith scores for Grantham Town 13
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Grantham Town 13
  • Skegness Imps 13
  • 0
  • Lewis Smith Goal 7:00'
  • Lewis Smith Goal 14:00'
  • Kieran Smith Goal 64:00'

Team selection

Pulfrey, Harry Pulfrey, Harry
Radowski, Jakub Radowski, Jakub
Lambley, Matthew Lambley, Matthew
Burton, Ollie Burton, Ollie
Clark, Tom Clark, Tom
Johnson, Henry Johnson, Henry
Tarver, Keiran Tarver, Keiran
Hardman, Alfie Hardman, Alfie
Smith, Lewis Smith, Lewis
Smith, Kieran Smith, Kieran
Pulfrey, Luke Pulfrey, Luke

League round up

Other Under 13D League results

HBW Utd FC 13
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Louth Old Boys 13
Great Ponton 13
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Market Rasen 13

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Market Rasen 13 13 22
2. Louth Town 13 12 18
3. Grantham Town 13 15 18
4. Louth Old Boys 13 11 14
5. Great Ponton 13 13 13
6. Birchwood Colts Boys 13 12 11
7. HBW Utd FC 13 11 2

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