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Bamber Bridge
Grantham Town
Full time
S Harrad (6' Pen)
Sat 5 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 381

Bridge Comeback

Despite a good start to the game, the Gingerbreads ended up well beaten at Bamber Bridge.

The home side kept passing and moving the ball around well and two goals in two minutes midway through the second half turned the game against Grantham.

"We were nowhere near good enough today." Said Gingerbreads Manager Richard Thomas. "We said at half-time that a one goal lead flattered us. We weren't close and have a lot of work to do. Old habits jumped back out and we have got to stop that if we are going to get results."

Things couldn't have started better for Grantham. After five minutes, referee Mr Atkinson gave a penalty for a push on Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson. Shaun Harrod blasted the spot kick down the middle to give Grantham the lead.

Fortnam-Tomlinson and Danny Durkin had chances to extend the Gingerbreads lead in the next ten minutes, but neither took their chance. Fortnam-Tomlinson shot wide from 25 yards out, before Durkin turned Phil Doughty and tried to lob Lloyd Rigby, only to see his effort drop just wide with Rigby beaten.

From that point on, the home side got on top, but for an hour, Grantham defended well and protected their goal well. Matt Lawlor and Alistair Waddecar both had chances blocked by the Gingerbreads back four. Late in the first half, Chris Marlow and Callum Spooner also had chances, but missed the target.

A bright start to the second half from the Gingerbreads proved a false dawn. Fortnam-Tomlinson lifted an effort over the bar and Ross Barrows created half chances, but the home side gave nothing away inside their own penalty area.

Waddecar and Dawson began to exert an influence on the game for the home side. Their passing and movement kept the Gingerbreads pressed back. Both tried their luck before they turned the game on it's head with a goal each in two minutes.

Waddecar had two chances that the Gingerbreads back four blocked before the home side levelled. Dawson laid the ball for Waddecar to hit a shot that Jordan Wright did well to parry. Dawson reacted quickest to put the ball past the Gingerbreads keeper for this Bamber Bridge equaliser.

A minute later Grantham were behind. A good cross was headed goalward by Waddecar. Wright saved his effort, but Waddecar got to the ball first and put the home side in front.

Grantham's afternoon was made worse in injury time. Substitute Luca Navarro took the ball under control neatly by the corner flag. He turned inside and breezed past three challenges on the bye-line before sliding a shot past Wright from a narrow angle.

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Key moments

6:00
Scored Penalty Shaun Harrad scores a penalty for Grantham Town

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60:00 Sub On
Tom Siddons is substituted on for Grantham Town
60:00 Sub Off
Shaun Harrad is substituted off for Grantham Town
End of period 1
6:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Shaun Harrad scores a penalty for Grantham Town
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As it happened

  • Bamber Bridge
  • Grantham Town
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  • Shaun Harrad Scored Penalty 6:00'
  • Tom Siddons Sub On 60:00'
  • Shaun Harrad Sub Off 60:00'

Team selection

Wright, Jordan Wright, Jordan
Barrows, Ross Barrows, Ross
Salt, Chris Salt, Chris
Ofushine, Kuwesi Ofushine, Kuwesi
Ward, Tom Ward, Tom
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Thompson, Ryley Thompson, Ryley
Harrad, Shaun Harrad, Shaun
Durkin, Danny Durkin, Danny
Bell--Toxtle, Fernando Bell--Toxtle, Fernando

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
13. Bamber Bridge 26 33
14. Witton Albion 24 32
15. Grantham Town 27 32
16. Hednesford Town 28 31
17. Marine 27 29
18. Mickleover Sports 28 29
19. Stafford Rangers 26 28

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