The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Pat Nixon

GRANTHAM’S win­ning home run came to an end with de­feat to Stafford Rangers.

Stafford were the first to show when Jack Sher­ratt’s ef­fort was tipped over by Grantham keeper Kieran Pre­ston.

Pre­ston again saved Grantham in the eighth minute when he came out to block Izak Reid’s shot when he was through on goal.

Grantham came more into the game and Jor­dan Hem­pen­stall brought a save from Adam White­hurst and the same player then hit the bar.

Stafford took the lead in the 20th minute when Sher­ratt net­ted and they in­creased their lead on 31 min­utes when Grantham failed to clear a free kick and Reid was on hand.

Grantham then twice went close as firstly Andrew Wright’s cross went across the goal with no one get­ting a touch and then Hem­pen­stall hit a post and keeper White­house re­cov­ered to save the ball on the line.

Grantham should have pulled a goal back on 39 min­utes but Wright’s penalty af­ter Lee Shaw had been brought down was saved by White­house.

Grantham didn’t score un­til the 85th minute as Lee Shaw scored from the penalty spot but it was too lit­tle too late.

STAR MAN: Kieran Pre­ston (G’tham) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT:

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