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Nantwich Town
Grantham Town
S Cooke (15'), H Clayton (36'), M Bell (72')
Full time
L Shaw (89')
Sat 24 Feb 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 327

Gingerbreads Downed at Nantwich

The Gingerbreads first game for three weeks saw them come unstuck at Nantwich.

Despite early pressure, a failure to capitalise was punished twice at dead ball situations in the first half to leave Grantham a mountain to climb after the break.

Despite the lay-off, Grantham started brightly, but a deep and solid Nantwich defence snuffed out any clear strikes on goal. Nantwich midfielder Sean Cooke was possibly fortunate to stay on the pitch after a late and dangerous challenge on Lee Shaw, but went on to have a major influence on the game.

After a quarter of an hour of incessant Grantham pressure, Nantwich took an unexpected lead. The home side won a corner which was dummied on the edge of the penalty area for a late Cooke run. The former Northern Ireland international struck a first time shot that gave Kieron Preston no chance.

A key moment came on 22 minutes when Grantham should have had a penalty. Lee Shaw burst into the Nantwich penalty area and the ball clearly was controlled by Courtney Wildins arm. Neither referee Mr Brown nor his assistant seemed to see anything at all and made no decision.

Nantwich made the most of their fortune with ten minutes to go to the break. Damien Speiss denied Jordan Hempenstall before Cooke again undid the Grantham defence.A curled free kick into the Grantham penalty area fell to an unmarked Harry Clayton. With time and space, Clayton made no mistake to double the home side lead.

Another bright start to the second half saw Grantham almost get straight back into the game. Sam Osbourne best the Nantwich defence, but Speiss blocked his shot, then recovered to also gather Hempenstall's header.

Hempenstall was denied again by the home goalkeeper before the game opened up as the Gingerbreads chased a result. A change to a 3-4-3to rescue the game left space for Nantwich to exploit. They had already opened the space up for Caspar Hughes to curl a shot just wide before Cooke created a third for the home side.

With 18minutes to go, a Grantham attack broke down allowing the home side to turn the tables on Grantham. A quick ball out of defence was turned on by Cooke for Matt Bell who had the time to clip a shot in off the post.

Grantham didn't give up and grabbed a consolation goal with two minutes left. Lee Shaw got behind the Nantwich defence and slipped his shot past Speiss for his 29th goal of the season.

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Key moments

Goal Sean Cooke scores for Nantwich Town
Goal Harry Clayton scores for Nantwich Town
Goal Matt Bell scores for Nantwich Town
Goal Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town


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89:00 Goal 3 - 1
Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
76:00 Sub On
Jack McMenamy is substituted on for Grantham Town
76:00 Sub Off
Jordan Hempenstall is substituted off for Grantham Town
72:00 Goal 3 - 0
Matt Bell scores for Nantwich Town
65:00 Sub Off
Samuel Osborne is substituted off for Grantham Town
65:00 Sub On
Zayn Hakeem is substituted on for Grantham Town
55:00 Sub On
Jack McMenamy is substituted on for Grantham Town
55:00 Sub Off
Michael Hollingsworth is substituted off for Grantham Town
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 2 - 0
Harry Clayton scores for Nantwich Town
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Sean Cooke scores for Nantwich Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Nantwich Town
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Sean Cooke Goal 15:00'
  • Harry Clayton Goal 36:00'
  • Jack McMenamy Sub On 55:00'
  • Michael Hollingsworth Sub Off 55:00'
  • Samuel Osborne Sub Off 65:00'
  • Zayn Hakeem Sub On 65:00'
  • Matt Bell Goal 72:00'
  • Jordan Hempenstall Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jack McMenamy Sub On 76:00'
  • Lee Shaw Goal 89:00'

Team selection

Preston, Kieran Preston, Kieran
Meadows, Danny Meadows, Danny
Galinski, Stefan Galinski, Stefan
Burrows, Curtis Burrows, Curtis
Lewis, Rhys Lewis, Rhys
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Osborne, Samuel Osborne, Samuel
Wright, Andy Wright, Andy
Shaw, Lee Shaw, Lee
Hempenstall, Jordan Hempenstall, Jordan
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael
Nantwich Town
  • 1. Fabian Spiess
  • 2. Jamie Morgan
  • 3. Courtney Wildin
  • 4. Joel Stair
  • 5. Troy Bourne
  • 6. Matt Bell
  • 7. Joe Mwasile
  • 8. Caspar Hughers
  • 9. Harry Clayton
  • 10. Sean Cooke
  • 11. David Forbes
  • 12. Jake Phillips
  • 13. Myles Boney
  • 14. Clayton McDonald
  • 15. Toby Mullarkey
  • 16. Steve Jones

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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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