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Grantham Town
Matlock Town
L Shaw (13', 20' Pen), T Batchelor (35' Sent Off)
Full time
J Jackson (61'), M Harcourt (42' Sent Off)
Mon 1 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 270

New Year Delight

The Gingerbreads started 2018 with a bang at The Meres this afternoon.

Captain Stefan Galinski was missing from the squad to illness, so Tom Batchelor and Rhys Lewis partnered each other in central defence.

The Gingerbreads opened the scoring on 13 minutes. Curtis Burrows played a long ball forward down the left for Lee Shaw to run onto. Shaw did what he does best and fired the ball beyond the Matlock goalkeeper.

The lead was doubled just 7 minutes later. Jordan Hempenstall chased a ball into the penalty box and as he collected it at the edge, he was chopped down. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot. Lee Shaw stepped up and fired home for his 22nd league goal of the season.

Minutes later, Lee Shaw was taken out with a heavy challenge from Matlock's Michael Harcourt. The Gingerbreads crowd were looking for a red card, but only a yellow was shown.

Tom Batchelor had a header from a corner cleared off the line.

In defence, Kieran Preston was controlling and putting in another excellent performance.

The Gingerbreads were down to ten men 5 minutes before halftime. The referee was alerted to an off the ball incident involving Tom Batchelor. After a discussion with his assistant, a red card was shown to Batchelor.

Just before halftime, both sides were down to 10 men. Harcourt again went in heavy on Shaw. The referee dealt a second booking to Harcourt and a booking to Shaw.

Matlock made a change at halftime and this seemed to put the up a gear. Despite lots of pressure, they were only able to pull one goal back thanks to resolute defending and goalkeeping.

The final minutes were played out with a vocal support from the main stand encouraging the side home and a great start to 2018.

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Key moments

Goal Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
Scored Penalty Lee Shaw scores a penalty for Grantham Town
Red Card Thomas Batchelor is sent off for Grantham Town
Red Card Michael Harcourt is sent off for Matlock Town
Goal Jamie Jackson scores for Matlock Town


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85:00 Sub Off
Andy Wright is substituted off for Grantham Town
85:00 Sub On
Jack McMenamy is substituted on for Grantham Town
69:00 Sub Off
Curtis Burrows is substituted off for Grantham Town
69:00 Sub On
Samuel Osborne is substituted on for Grantham Town
61:00 Goal 2 - 1
Jamie Jackson scores for Matlock Town
End of period 1
42:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Michael Harcourt is sent off for Matlock Town
35:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Thomas Batchelor is sent off for Grantham Town
20:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Lee Shaw scores a penalty for Grantham Town
13:00 Goal 1 - 0
Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Grantham Town
  • Matlock Town
  • 0
  • Lee Shaw Goal 13:00'
  • Lee Shaw Scored Penalty 20:00'
  • Thomas Batchelor Red Card 35:00'
  • Michael Harcourt Red Card 42:00'
  • Jamie Jackson Goal 61:00'
  • Samuel Osborne Sub On 69:00'
  • Curtis Burrows Sub Off 69:00'
  • Andy Wright Sub Off 85:00'
  • Jack McMenamy Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Preston, Kieran Preston, Kieran
Potts, Tom Potts, Tom
Batchelor, Thomas Batchelor, Thomas
Burrows, Curtis Burrows, Curtis
Lewis, Rhys Lewis, Rhys
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Meadows, Danny Meadows, Danny
Wright, Andy Wright, Andy
Shaw, Lee Shaw, Lee
Hempenstall, Jordan Hempenstall, Jordan
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael
Matlock Town
  • 1. Phillip Barnes
  • 2. Michael Harcourt
  • 3. Kieran Wallace
  • 4. Joe Doyle-Charles
  • 5. Adam Yates
  • 6. Dwayne Wiley
  • 7. Jake Green
  • 8. Michael Williams
  • 9. Shaun Harrad
  • 10. Jamie Jackson
  • 11. Edward Cribley
  • 12. Rhys Sharpe
  • 14. Max Hunt
  • 15. Nathan Whitehead
  • 16. Zak Brunt

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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