No luck for the Reds as major decisions go against them
By Paul Armstrong
“It’s a harsh result I think, a 2-0 defeat does do not do us justice. We were a lot better than that,” was Lee Andrews opening gambit in the post match media interview.
And it was harsh with three major incidents going against them in a game that never reached the heights but produced a gallant effort from beleaguered Reds.
Steven Rigg was clearly tripped in the area but the referee didn’t agree, he played an advantage to Reds when there was no benefit – Grantham counter attacked and scored – and Rob Wilson’s stunning strike rattled the crossbar.
On top of that, Sam Smith was forced to retire at half time with Anthony Wright following early in the second half.
The makeshift hosts made a bright enough start but the familiar failing of converting decent chances would prove costly.
Rigg looked set to open his Borough Park account but his shot was blocked by Stefan Galinski then Max Brown broke through only to see Rudolfs Soloha’s trailing leg keep out his attempt.
The Rigg penalty incident followed and we hadn’t seen a Grantham attack of note to that point.
That all changed in the thirty fourth minute. Scott Allison was dumped on the turf but the referee played an advantage which backfired on him. Reds lost possession, Grantham countered and, with the aid of some poor defending, Sam Osbourne opened the scoring.
Rob Wilson almost levelled matters just before the interval but his shot cannoned back off the crossbar.
Grantham looked as jaded as Reds in a mundane second half and the leadership of their skipper, Galinski, was key. He made sure they kept their clean sheet intact with Reds not offering the same threat going forward.
David Symington sent a rare free kick over the bar but the Latvian goalkeeper Soloha, making his debut, was untroubled and not as busy as he had been earlier.
And after Reds had given three teenagers, Joe Hetherington, Leo Holliday and Cameron Harker, their first taste of league football as second half substitutes, Town put some gloss on the score line from their perspective.
A long ball over the top saw two yellow shirted Grantham players bearing down on Aaran Taylor, he couldn’t make the clearance and top scorer Lee Shaw scored the easiest goal of his impressive tally this season.
A league double for Town and a play-off spot almost guaranteed as Reds’ rapid descent of the Premier Division table continues.
Workington Taylor, Symington, Rowntree, Douglas, Smith (Hetherington, 46), Wright (Holliday, 65), Brown (Harker, 84) Wilson, Allison, Rigg, Holt. Substitute – Andrews (not used).
Grantham Town Soloha, Potts, Luto, Lewis, Galinski, McGovern, Meadows, Wright (Hollingsworth, 83), Osbourne (McManamy, 80), Shaw, Burrows (Vince, 89). Substitutes – Bastos, Thompson (not used).
Referee Andrew Kitchen, Durham
Booking: Lewis (Grantham Town)