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South Shields
Grantham Town
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Full time Attendance 1,382

Gingerbreads Go Down at Shields


A second half avalanche of goals left Grantham shell-shocked

and well beaten by a South Shields side that had too much quality for Grantham all afternoon.

The Gingerbreads never seriously threatened the home goal, Liam Connell between the sticks not having a shot on target to deal with all afternoon.

"We lost to a very good side this afternoon." Said Gingerbreads Manager Ian Culverhouse. They were well organised and played to a pattern. We conceded three goals from dead balls or restarts and you're never going to win games when you do that."

South Shields looked dangerous from the off, using the space Grantham gave up to deliver dangerous crosses. They took the lead after 13 minutes. Robert Briggs was given time to settle on the ball 25 yards out and picked his spot before deriving a shot past Theo Richardson into the top corner of the net.

The Gingerbreads looked as though they might get back into the game from corners but both Tom Ward and Tom Siddons headers went wide. In between, South Shields continued to exploit the space full back Blair Adams was given. Affer 27 minutes, he cut inside before curving a shot inches past Richardson's left hand post.

Adams continued to torment Grantham. Three minutes before the break, his hard work led to Lee Mason recovering the loose ball, but firing wide of the mark.

Two minutes after the break, the home side took the game by the scruff of the neck with a second goal. A deep cross from the Gingerbreads left went through to the far post. David Foley had time to control the ball before firing past Richardson.

The Gingerbreads keeper kept them in the game a bit longer with a good save from a snap shot from Ursene Mouande on 55 minutes. Richardson was picking the ball out of his net again after 59 minutes. A corner from the Gingerbreads right came through to Gary Brown at the far post who made it 3-0 to the home side.

Grantham tried to get close to their opponents, but were kept at arms length by a South Shields side who were determined not to take their foot off the gas. Two late goals put the gloss on a good performance from the home side.

With 8 minutes to go, South Shields were more determined to win the ball. Quick work got the ball to Carl Finnigan who finished clinically into the bottom corner of the net. With five minutes left, South Shields made it five. Craig Baxter stood a cross up to the back post where Ben Harmison rose highest to head home and finish the scoring for the afternoon.


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74:00 Sub On
Luke McCormick is substituted on for Grantham Town
74:00 Sub Off
Joe Smith is substituted off for Grantham Town
66:00 Sub On
Tom Curtis is substituted on for Grantham Town
66:00 Sub Off
Tom Siddons is substituted off for Grantham Town
60:00 Sub On
Daniel Horton is substituted on for Grantham Town
60:00 Sub Off
Michael Hollingsworth is substituted off for Grantham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • South Shields
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Daniel Horton Sub On 60:00'
  • Michael Hollingsworth Sub Off 60:00'
  • Tom Curtis Sub On 66:00'
  • Tom Siddons Sub Off 66:00'
  • Luke McCormick Sub On 74:00'
  • Joe Smith Sub Off 74:00'

Team selection

Richardson, Theo Richardson, Theo
Barrows, Ross Barrows, Ross
Thompson, Ryley Thompson, Ryley
Watters, Max Watters, Max
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Ward, Tom Ward, Tom
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael
Smith, Joe Smith, Joe
Siddons, Tom Siddons, Tom
Acar, Cenk Acar, Cenk
Oliver, Ryan Oliver, Ryan

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# 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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