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Skelmersdale United
Grantham Town
B Hodkinson (18')
Full time
C Burrows (74')
Sat 13 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 203


Gingerbreads Draw One All at Skelmersdale

Grantham travelled to Skelmersdale for the seasons opening game and came away with a well-deserved point and could and possibly should have taken all three.

On a hot sunny afternoon Grantham playing in their new all yellow away kit conceded 2 early corners with Skelmersdale Robert Bodie miskicking when well placed. Grantham settled and although Skelmersdale enjoyed more of the ball in the first half it was Grantham who created the better chances with Grant Ryan through on goal after 11 minutes but his shot went wide of the target. Skelmersdale took the lead on 18 minutes with their only shot on target in the first half when Ben Hodgkinson’s strike from the edge of the box took a deflection which took the ball wide of Jake Turners dive. Grantham continued to create the best of the chances with Danny Meadows forcing an excellent save from Skelmersdale keeper Martin Fearon before Rhys Lewis’s overhead kick following a corner hit the bar and in the final minute of the half Grant Ryan saw his fierce shot come back of the bar with Fearon beaten.

Grantham stepped up a gear in the second half and took the game to the home side. Skelmersdale were restricted to counter attacks which were easily dealt with by the Grantham defence. Grantham introduced Ben Saunders for Grant Ryan on the hour. Jake Turner was brought into action to save well at his near post after Skelmersdale striker Chris Almond’s shot took a deflection off Galinski. Grantham had a great chance to draw level on 65 minutes when Ben Saunders turned Skelmersdale defender Bodie in the box and was brought down earning the defender a yellow card. Danny Meadows took the penalty but Fearon guessed right and got down well to block the kick. Grantham brought on Curtis Burrows for Luke Shaw on 70 minutes. Grantham continued to push forward for the equaliser. Ellis Storey saw his drive well saved by Fearon at the expense of a corner on 71 minutes and Lee Shaw had a shot blocked by a defender on 72 minutes. The goal Grantham deserved finally came on 73 minutes. Skelmersdale only partially cleared the ball and when it was played back in Curtis Burrows timed his run perfectly to get behind the defence and fire past Fearon. Grantham continued to push for a winner but couldn’t find a second goal and the game ended all square.

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Key moments

Goal Ben Hodkinson scores for Skelmersdale United
Goal Curtis Burrows scores for Grantham Town


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87:00 Sub On
Jack Beckett is substituted on for Grantham Town
87:00 Sub Off
Rhys Lewis is substituted off for Grantham Town
74:00 Goal 1 - 1
Curtis Burrows scores for Grantham Town
70:00 Sub On
Curtis Burrows is substituted on for Grantham Town
70:00 Sub Off
Luke Shaw is substituted off for Grantham Town
63:00 Sub On
Ben Saunders is substituted on for Grantham Town
63:00 Sub Off
Grant Ryan is substituted off for Grantham Town
End of period 1
18:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ben Hodkinson scores for Skelmersdale United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Skelmersdale United
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Ben Hodkinson Goal 18:00'
  • Ben Saunders Sub On 63:00'
  • Grant Ryan Sub Off 63:00'
  • Curtis Burrows Sub On 70:00'
  • Luke Shaw Sub Off 70:00'
  • Curtis Burrows Goal 74:00'
  • Rhys Lewis Sub Off 87:00'
  • Jack Beckett Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Turner, Jake Turner, Jake
Purcicoe, Sam Purcicoe, Sam
Storey, Ellis Storey, Ellis
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael
Galinski, Stefan Galinski, Stefan
Carr, Lewis Carr, Lewis
Meadows, Danny Meadows, Danny
Lewis, Rhys Lewis, Rhys
Shaw, Lee Shaw, Lee
Ryan, Grant Ryan, Grant
Shaw, Luke Shaw, Luke
Grantham Town
Skelmersdale United
  • 1. Martin Fearon
  • 2. Dale Wright
  • 3. Shaun Holden
  • 4. Robert McIntosh
  • 5. Robert Brodie
  • 6. Ian Rowlands
  • 7. Kenny Strickland
  • 8. Benito Lowe
  • 9. Chris Almond
  • 10. Ben Hodkinson
  • 11. Phil Mooney
  • 12. Callum Mahoney
  • 13. Ronnie McCarthy
  • 14. Lucas Porquet
  • 15. Daniel Burns
  • 16. Steven Akrigg

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