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Whitby Town
Grantham Town
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R Barrows (55')
Sat 16 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 287

Town Beached at Whitby


Two first half goals in five minutes proved too much for Grantham to claw back in the second half.

The breeze blowing down the length of the pitch at Whitby gave Grantham a chance after the break, but resilient defending by the home side denied Grantham a share of the points.

"We were poor for the first half." Said Paul Rawden. "We came out second half and gave it a good go, but couldn't get the reward we worked for."

The first half hour saw Whitby press Grantham hard, but struggle to create clear chances. Connor Smith had a shot deflected wide for the home side and Ross Barrows went close for Grantham after he and Jordan Adebayo-Smith robbed the Whitby defence on the half way line.

Two goals in five minutes undid the Gingerbreads shortly before half-time. Twice the Gingerbreads conceded from corners. After 34minutes, a low delivery was turned on towards the back post where Daniel Rowe was unmarked to open the scoring.

Five minutes later Grantham had a two goal mountain to climb. A similar corner was turned on by Alex White for Ashley Coffey to blast home from six yards out.

After the break Grantham looked a better team. They took the game to Whitby from the first minute of the half. Chris Dawson got on the end of a good Grantham move, but Jack Norton saved well.

Grantham's pressure told after 56 minutes. The Gingerbreads had kept pressure on the home side and when they failed to clear their lines, Ross Barrows pounced to fire Grantham back into the game.

Whitby were given a great chance to put the game to bed on the hour mark. Omar Ali and Coffey tangled inside the penalty area and both players went down. Referee Mr Westgate decided the Grantham man had committed a foul and awarded the home side a penalty. Sam Andrews went to his right to save Dale Hopson's spot kick.

Grantham maintained their pressure, but could not break down a well organised Whitby defence. Strong appeals for a penalty were turned down in the 73rd minute when Jack McGovern appeared to be pushed inside the penalty area. This time Mr Westgate turned down the appeal.

Michael Tweed and Jordan Adebayo-Smith had chances for Grantham as the Gingerbreads pushed for a point, but ultimately came up short.

Key moments

Goal Ross Barrows scores for Grantham Town


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66:00 Sub On
Tom Ward is substituted on for Grantham Town
66:00 Sub Off
Obaro Edobor is substituted off for Grantham Town
62:00 Sub On
Steve Chaplin is substituted on for Grantham Town
62:00 Sub Off
Adam Smith is substituted off for Grantham Town
60:00 Saved Penalty
Sam Andrew saves a penalty for Grantham Town
55:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ross Barrows scores for Grantham Town
53:00 Sub Off
Joe Briers is substituted off for Grantham Town
53:00 Sub On
Jack McGovern is substituted on for Grantham Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Whitby Town
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Joe Briers Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jack McGovern Sub On 53:00'
  • Ross Barrows Goal 55:00'
  • Sam Andrew Saved Penalty 60:00'
  • Steve Chaplin Sub On 62:00'
  • Adam Smith Sub Off 62:00'
  • Tom Ward Sub On 66:00'
  • Obaro Edobor Sub Off 66:00'

Team selection

Andrew, Sam Andrew, Sam
Briers, Joe Briers, Joe
Edobor, Obaro Edobor, Obaro
Barrows, Ross Barrows, Ross
Omar, Ali Omar, Ali
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Smith, Adam Smith, Adam
Tweed, Michael Tweed, Michael
Dawson, Chris Dawson, Chris
Adebayo-Smith, Jordan Adebayo-Smith, Jordan
Brooks, Danny Brooks, Danny

League round up

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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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