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First Team - Match centre

Stafford Rangers
Grantham Town
Unknown (61')
Full time
M Watters (65')
Tue 21 Aug 20:00 - The Evo-Stik League - Premier Division Attendance 562

Watt An Impact!

Max Watters came off the bench and equalised for The Gingerbreads at Stafford Rangers this evening.

Kick off was delayed until 8pm as The Gingerbreads arrived late due to traffic on the A50.

Ian Culverhouse made two changes to the side that started Saturday's opening fixture. Jack McGovern (after getting married) and Ryley Thompson replaced Kegan Everington and Max Watters.

The Gingerbreads started brightly and saw an early penalty claim waved away. Tom Batchelors header from a corner was cleared.

Stafford saw a corner well cleared by The Gingerbreads defence.

Just after the quarter of a hour mark. Cenk Acar couldn't quite reach a neatly flicked forward pass and Stafford cleared the danger.

On 31 minutes, Aiden Kirby's corner was flicked on by Batchelor but Morgan Penfold couldn't turn the ball in.

Throughout the half Stafford had a number of chances but Tom Ward, Batchelor and The Gingerbreads defence stood firm.

The second half started with The Gingerbreads initially on the front foot. Oli Luto couldn't get his foot round a deep free kick and the ball went over.

Stafford then went on the attack. Getting wide and causing trouble for The Gingerbreads defence.

Max Watters replaced Morgan Penfold.

As the hour mark passed, Stafford took the lead. A long throw into the middle of the pitch want picked up and Louis Briscoe fired a low bouncing shot beyond Louis Jones.

The Gingerbreads though picked up, with Max Watters finding space but also a stern Stafford defence.

It was just 4 minutes later when the score was level.

A long ball was sent up to Max Watters which the Stafford defence couldn't deal with and left Waters 1 on 1 with the keeper, he steadied himself and slotted home.

The game really opened from there with both sides having chances to win the match. Watters had the best as he went down the right side but his shot went desperately just wide of the post.

Key moments

61:00
Goal Goal for Stafford Rangers
65:00
Goal Max Watters scores for Grantham Town

Highlights

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65:00 Goal 1 - 1
Max Watters scores for Grantham Town
63:00 Sub Off
Ryley Thompson is substituted off for Grantham Town
63:00 Sub On
Tom Curtis is substituted on for Grantham Town
61:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Stafford Rangers
54:00 Sub On
Max Watters is substituted on for Grantham Town
54:00 Sub Off
Morgan Penfold is substituted off for Grantham Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stafford Rangers
  • Grantham Town
  • 0
  • Max Watters Sub On 54:00'
  • Morgan Penfold Sub Off 54:00'
  • Goal 61:00'
  • Ryley Thompson Sub Off 63:00'
  • Tom Curtis Sub On 63:00'
  • Max Watters Goal 65:00'

Team selection

Jones, Louis Jones, Louis
Barrows, Ross Barrows, Ross
Batchelor, Thomas Batchelor, Thomas
Kirby, Aiden Kirby, Aiden
Ward, Tom Ward, Tom
Luto, Ollie Luto, Ollie
Thompson, Ryley Thompson, Ryley
Hollingsworth, Michael Hollingsworth, Michael
Acar, Cenk Acar, Cenk
Penfold, Morgan Penfold, Morgan
McGovern, Jack McGovern, Jack

League round up

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4
1
South Shields
2
0
Mickleover Sports
1
3
Warrington Town
0
1
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2
2
Stalybridge Celtic
3
2
Nantwich Town
0
0
Buxton

League table

# Team Pl Pts
11. Hyde United 14 19
12. Hednesford Town 14 19
13. Grantham Town 14 18
14. Bamber Bridge 13 17
15. Stafford Rangers 15 17
16. Matlock Town 15 16
17. Mickleover Sports 15 14

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