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Witton Albion
Grantham Town
Full time
J Hempenstall (21', 56'), S Galinski (75')
Sat 2 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 237

Gingerbreads Leap To Second

Grantham were made to work hard for the three points as Witton Albion gave the Gingerbreads a late scare.

Grantham's seventh away win of the season looked wrapped up with 15 minutes to go, but two late goals by the home side jangled nerves amongst the visitors.

Witton started well, but found Grantham in uncompromising mood minimising chances from the home side. Prince Haywood and Owen Dale had early shooting opportunities, BurLington Preston denied Haywood while Dale was closed down as he shot.

The first chance for the Gingerbreads lead to the opening goal. With 21 minutes gone, Curtis Burrows whipped a cross into the near post. Jordan Hempenstall got in front of his man to head past Witton goalkeeper Calvin Hare.

Witton continued to have the better chances. Dale had another effort blocked by Preston and from a corner, the Grantham goalkeeper also denied Tom Owens. Grantham continued to frustrate the home side as the half drew to a close.

Early in the second half, Preston kept Grantham in front again. Owens played in Steven Tames who crossed for Dale at the far post. The Gingerbreads goalkeeper made a good block to deny the home side again.

Hempenstall got his second of the game on 57 minutes. Witton won a corner which the Gingerbreads defended well. A long clearance found Hempenstall just inside the Witton half. He showed a turn of pace to hold off Haywood and slip the ball under Witton goalkeeper Hare.

Grantham continued to frustrate Witton despite the home side having the better of the possession for a while. Grantham began to get the better chances as the game went into it's last quarter. Andy Wright had a shot deflected for a corner after 73 minutes.

The Gingerbreads forced another flag kick.Witton cleared their penalty area, but only as far as Olly Luto. His cross found skipper Stefan Galinski who glanced his header off the inside of the post to put Grantham three goals clear.

Rather than seeing the game out from that point on, Grantham found themselves in a fight to hold on for all three points. After Michael Hollingsworth had a shot well saved by Hare, the home side took the game to Grantham.

With five minutes of the 90 left, Witton got what seemed to be a consolation goal. Matty Devine got away on the Grantham right and delivered a cross into the Gingerbreads six yard box. Rob Hopley hooked the ball past Preston.

With eight minutes of injury time added by Mr Atkinson after an injury to Witton's Paul Williams, the home side didn't give up. Seven minutes into added time they got a second goal. This time Dale supplied the cross for Hopley to grab his second goal. There was not enough time left for a third goal for the home side as Grantham moved into second place in the table.

Match report by Graham Cowell

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Key moments

Goal Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
Goal Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
Goal Stefan Galinski scores for Grantham Town


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90:00 Sub Off
Andy Wright is substituted off for Grantham Town
90:00 Sub On
Tom Curtis is substituted on for Grantham Town
82:00 Sub On
Jack McMenamy is substituted on for Grantham Town
82:00 Sub Off
Lee Shaw is substituted off for Grantham Town
78:00 Sub Off
Rhys Lewis is substituted off for Grantham Town
78:00 Sub On
Thomas Batchelor is substituted on for Grantham Town
75:00 Goal 0 - 3
Stefan Galinski scores for Grantham Town
56:00 Goal 0 - 2
Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
End of period 1
21:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Witton Albion
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Jordan Hempenstall Goal 21:00'
  • Jordan Hempenstall Goal 56:00'
  • Stefan Galinski Goal 75:00'
  • Rhys Lewis Sub Off 78:00'
  • Thomas Batchelor Sub On 78:00'
  • Jack McMenamy Sub On 82:00'
  • Lee Shaw Sub Off 82:00'
  • Andy Wright Sub Off 90:00'
  • Tom Curtis Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Preston, Kieran Preston, Kieran
Potts, Tom Potts, Tom
Lewis, Rhys Lewis, Rhys
Burrows, Curtis Burrows, Curtis
Galinski, Stefan Galinski, Stefan
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Meadows, Danny Meadows, Danny
Wright, Andy Wright, Andy
Shaw, Lee Shaw, Lee
Hempenstall, Jordan Hempenstall, Jordan
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael
Witton Albion
  • 1. Calvin Hare
  • 2. Anthony Garnder
  • 3. Danny McKenna
  • 4. Nick Ryan
  • 5. Paul Williams
  • 6. Prince Haywood
  • 7. Owen Dale
  • 8. Tom Owens
  • 9. Rob Hopley
  • 10. Steven Tames
  • 11. Jame Foley
  • 12. Micah Evans
  • 14. Matty Devine
  • 15. Will Jones
  • 16. Michael Wilson
  • 17. Ryan Neild

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 46 95
2. Ashton United 46 82
3. Warrington Town 46 82
4. Grantham Town 46 81
5. Farsley Celtic 46 80
6. Shaw Lane 46 79
7. Witton Albion 46 70

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