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Grantham Town
Full time
M Hollingsworth (62' Pen), R Barrows (28')
Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 294

Town Win At Marine


A goal in each half was enough for Grantham to come back from Crosby with all three points.

A solid defensive performance thwarted the home side to give the base for Grantham to win the game.

"We always had a threat going forward." Said the Gingerbreads Manager Ian Culverhouse. "At times we played good football and when the chances came we were clinical."

Neither side could stamp their authority on the early part of the game. Possession was given away easily, and there were no chances for either side. When Marine's James Short tried his luck, his effort was always going wide.

Ross Barrows stunned everyone with a great strike on 20 minutes. The ball came to him in space around 30 yards out. Barrows let fly with a shot that powered into the black of the net with Marine goalkeeper Martin Fearon a spectator.

The Gingerbreads haf to show their defensive qualities as Marine threatened an equaliser. James Murray and Short were able to deliver crosses into the Gingerbreads penalty area, but Tom Batchelor and Tom Ward gave nothing away.

Late in the first half, a Max Watters cross caused panic in the Marine defence. Short almost turned the ball into his own net, but Destin got to the loose ball.

After the break the home side came out firing and pressed Grantham hard. Six minutes into the second half,Grantham rode their luck as the home side had three chances in the same attack. From a deep cross, a poor effort from Danny Mitchley came to Short. His shot rattled the Gingerbreads crossbar.

Just after the hour, Grantham extended their lead. A pinpoint crossfield pass from Barrows found Ryan Oliver beyond the Marine defence. Oliver took the ball on into the penalty area where he was clipped by Short, Referee Mr Rogers pointed to the spot and Michael Hollingsworth stepped up to send Fearon the wrong way.

It was almost three a minute later. A good move by the Gingerbreads put the ball in front of Cenk Agar, Agar lifted his shot over the bar to let the home side off the hook.

Tom Batchelor got across well to deny Josh Hine on 65 minutes when he got across to block his effort st the last minute. The Gingerbreads kept hitting Marine on the break and on 71 minutes went close. Barrows again found Oliver whose shot hit the crossbar with Watters follow up cleared by the home defence. Watters was denied in the last minute by a good save from Feaon.

Marine plugged away, but got no change from a well organised Grantham defence. Oliver's flick found Watters, but his shot was just wide of the mark

It took Marine until innury time to pierce a resilient Grantham defence. Josh Hine's low effort almost fell for Dom Reid, but Theo Riichardson did enough to preserve his clean sheet on debut.

Key moments

Goal Ross Barrows scores for Grantham Town
Scored Penalty Michael Hollingsworth scores a penalty for Grantham Town


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90:00 Sub Off
Michael Hollingsworth is substituted off for Grantham Town
90:00 Sub On
Aiden Kirby is substituted on for Grantham Town
82:00 Sub On
Daniel Horton is substituted on for Grantham Town
82:00 Sub Off
Ryan Oliver is substituted off for Grantham Town
72:00 Sub On
Keegan Everington is substituted on for Grantham Town
72:00 Sub Off
Tom Curtis is substituted off for Grantham Town
62:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Michael Hollingsworth scores a penalty for Grantham Town
End of period 1
28:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ross Barrows scores for Grantham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Marine
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Ross Barrows Goal 28:00'
  • Michael Hollingsworth Scored Penalty 62:00'
  • Keegan Everington Sub On 72:00'
  • Tom Curtis Sub Off 72:00'
  • Daniel Horton Sub On 82:00'
  • Ryan Oliver Sub Off 82:00'
  • Aiden Kirby Sub On 90:00'
  • Michael Hollingsworth Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Richardson, Theo Richardson, Theo
Barrows, Ross Barrows, Ross
Ward, Tom Ward, Tom
Acar, Cenk Acar, Cenk
Batchelor, Thomas Batchelor, Thomas
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
McGovern, Jack McGovern, Jack
Curtis, Tom Curtis, Tom
Watters, Max Watters, Max
Oliver, Ryan Oliver, Ryan
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael

League round up

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Stalybridge Celtic
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Hednesford Town

League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Bamber Bridge 40 42
17. Stalybridge Celtic 40 42
18. Grantham Town 40 42
19. Mickleover Sports 40 41
20. Marine 40 40
21. Workington 40 29
22. North Ferriby United 0 0

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