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Grantham Town
Workington
J Hempenstall (56', 86'), L Shaw (90')
Full time
J Earl (14'), S Allison (70')
Sat 9 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 236

Controversial injury time goal sinks Reds

In a match interrupted by a thunderstorm and eventually completed in three sections...

... Reds twice took the lead, were pegged back each time by Jordan Hempenstall only to concede a controversial winner deep into stoppage time.

It left joint boss, David Hewson, angry and frustrated after a great opportunity to register that elusive first away win was frittered away.

“How we can go from being in control and leading 2-1 to throwing it all away so late in the game is beyond me,” he said.

Grantham v. Reds - Sat 9 Aug 2017
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“The manner in which we conceded those late goals is worrying and things have got to change. We put our trust in the squad and take full responsibility for the results but players have to learn not to switch off.”

Reds were well on top in the early stages, second best for a spell, took the lead for a second time only to collapse late in the game conceding two costly goals in the process.

When referee Ed Pidduck suspended play in the thirty seventh minute, due to thunder and lightning, Grantham’s players couldn’t get back to the dressing rooms quick enough whilst Reds questioned the decision and seemed more reluctant to come off.

Understandable, considering their dominance up until then. They were not quite the same when play eventually restarted, with the early half time break clearly disrupting their rhythm.

They had taken a thirteenth minute lead and carved out enough openings to double or even treble the advantage.

James Earl headed them in front via one of eight first half corners. The ball was floated into the danger area from Jake Simpson and Earl stooped to head home from six yards.

Simpson’s set pieces were causing Town all sorts of problems but, somehow, they survived further damage. Matty Douglas saw one header deflected wide for a corner and another goal-bound shot blocked while Grantham ‘keeper, Kieran Preston, made a marvellous save to prevent Rhys Lewis netting an own-goal.

But the save of the half saw Preston get down low to deflect Scott Allison’s shot round the post.

Danny Meadows’ shot from distance was the only attempt to trouble Aaran Taylor in the first half and that was after the weather break.

Grantham won their first corner in the fiftieth minute and, soon after, Andrew Wright’s fierce shot brought the best out of Taylor who pushed the ball over the bar.

Hempenstall headed a fifty sixth minute equaliser for ‘The Gingerbreads’ when he met Meadows’ cross from the right. Taylor had no chance with the goal but then gathered another Wright effort from distance.

It was against the run of play, somewhat, when Reds restored their lead after seventy minutes. The ball fell to Allison just outside the area and a crisp left foot strike skimmed past Preston and into the net.

He could have put the game beyond Grantham’s reach but was thwarted by another important Preston save.

In between Allison’s goal and near miss, the home side were awarded what appeared a soft penalty. Douglas was adjudged to have tripped Lee Shaw but there was no audible appeals from the hosts as Mr. Pidduck pointed to the spot.

Luke Shaw, no relation incidentally, stepped up but blasted his penalty high and wide, a welcome reprieve for Reds and a sense of justice for Douglas.

But Town did level matters four minutes from time when Reds were caught day dreaming following a free-kick. The ball was headed back across goal and Hempenstall crashed the ball into the roof of the net from a yard out.

The striker was then denied his hat-trick when an audacious flick was kept out by a magnificent Taylor save as Grantham sensed a victory.

And sure enough it came, two minutes into the four added for stoppages.

Top scorer, Lee Shaw, was clearly offside when he received the ball but there was no flag from the assistant. With Reds defenders appealing in vain for the decision, the Grantham striker made the best of his good fortune, advanced towards goal and guided the ball past Taylor for the late, late winner.

The result left Reds languishing in 20th spot and without a win since the opening day.

Grantham Town Preston, Potts (Luke Shaw, 54), Luto, Baker, Galinski (McMenemy, 82), Lewis, Meadows, Wright (Everington, 75), Hempenstall, Lee Shaw, Burrows. Substitutes – Thompson, Hollingsworth (not used).

Workington Taylor, Simpson, Symington, Wordsworth, Douglas, Calvert, Earl (Holt, 67), Wright, Ryan (Joel, 90), Allison, Tinnion. Substitutes – Smith, Mellen, Holliday (not used).

Referee Edward Pidduck, Nottingham

Bookings: Calvert, Simpson, Holt, Wordsworth, Wright (Workington)

Attendance 236

Matthew Douglas

Player of the Match

Matthew Douglas

Key moments

14:00
Goal James Earl scores for Workington
56:00
Goal Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
70:00
Goal Scott Allison scores for Workington
86:00
Goal Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
90:00
Goal Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town

Videos and photos

Grantham v. Reds - Sat 9 Aug 2017
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Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Matthew Douglas is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +2:00 Yellow Card
Anthony Wright is yellow carded for Workington
90:00 Goal 3 - 2
Lee Shaw scores for Grantham Town
90:00 Sub On
Samuel Joel is substituted on for Workington
90:00 Sub Off
Jack Ryan is substituted off for Workington
90:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Wordsworth is yellow carded for Workington
86:00 Goal 2 - 2
Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
85:00 Yellow Card
Jordan Holt is yellow carded for Workington
82:00 Sub On
Jack McMenemy is substituted on for Grantham Town
82:00 Sub Off
Stefan Galinski is substituted off for Grantham Town
75:00 Sub Off
Andrew Wright is substituted off for Grantham Town
75:00 Sub On
Kegan Everington is substituted on for Grantham Town
70:00 Goal 1 - 2
Scott Allison scores for Workington
68:00 Yellow Card
Jake Simpson is yellow carded for Workington
67:00 Sub On
Jordan Holt is substituted on for Workington
67:00 Sub Off
James Earl is substituted off for Workington
64:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Calvert is yellow carded for Workington
56:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jordan Hempenstall scores for Grantham Town
56:00 Assist
Danny Meadows makes an assist for Grantham Town
54:00 Sub On
Luke Shaw is substituted on for Grantham Town
54:00 Sub Off
Tom Potts is substituted off for Grantham Town
End of period 1
14:00 Assist
Jake Simpson makes an assist for Workington
14:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Earl scores for Workington
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Grantham Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • James Earl Goal 14:00'
  • Jake Simpson Assist 14:00'
  • Luke Shaw Sub On 54:00'
  • Tom Potts Sub Off 54:00'
  • Jordan Hempenstall Goal 56:00'
  • Danny Meadows Assist 56:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Yellow Card 64:00'
  • James Earl Sub Off 67:00'
  • Jordan Holt Sub On 67:00'
  • Jake Simpson Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Scott Allison Goal 70:00'
  • Kegan Everington Sub On 75:00'
  • Andrew Wright Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jack McMenemy Sub On 82:00'
  • Stefan Galinski Sub Off 82:00'
  • Jordan Holt Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Jordan Hempenstall Goal 86:00'
  • Daniel Wordsworth Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Jack Ryan Sub Off 90:00'
  • Samuel Joel Sub On 90:00'
  • Lee Shaw Goal 90:00'
  • Anthony Wright Yellow Card 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Grantham Town
  • 1. Kieran Preston
  • 2. Tom Potts
  • 3. Oliver Luto
  • 4. Matt Baker
  • 5. Stefan Galinski
  • 6. Rhys Lewis
  • 7. Danny Meadows
  • 8. Andrew Wright
  • 9. Jordan Hempenstall
  • 10. Lee Shaw
  • 11. Curtis Burrows
  • 12. Luke Shaw
  • 14. Jack McMenemy
  • 15. Kegan Everington
  • 16. Ryley Thompson
  • 17. Michael Hollingsworth

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

1
3
Altrincham
Hednesford Town
3
0
1
2
Whitby Town
Rushall Olympic
1
4
Nantwich Town
Stafford Rangers
0
4
Stalybridge Celtic
3
1
Warrington Town
4
2

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# Team Pl Pts
9. Barwell 46 64
10. Stourbridge 46 62
11. Workington 46 62
12. Mickleover Sports 46 61
13. Stafford Rangers 46 61
14. Matlock Town 46 60
15. Nantwich Town 46 57

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