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Junior Premier League victory for Grantham Town Under 15s over Lowestoft

Grantham Town Under 15s returned triumphant from their six-hour round trip to the east coast to face Lowestoft in the Junior Premier League.

A solitary strike from Maks Nowak ensured that the Gingerbreads overcome a tough test against a previously unbeaten Suffolk side.

The first half was a cagey affair with limited clear cut opportunities. Both sides were fully aware of the games importance towards any league title hopes.

Grantham Town Under 15s won a vital match at Lowestoft.
Grantham Town Under 15s won a vital match at Lowestoft.

It took until the 10 minute mark for any kind of effort on goal, Max Davies was played in on the right hand side of the box, but his angled shot flew over the bar.

Lowestoft responded a few moments later with a powerful low drive that keeper Harri Bexon held well on his return from injury.

The home side had another chance, latching on to a loose pass in midfield, but the Lowestoft forward's shot ran wide of the far post.

Before half time, Maks Nowak had a soft shot at goal comfortably dealt with and Aston Taylor hit a drive at the Lowestoft keeper as Town just about edged the first half.

Grantham started the second half more on the front foot, attacking in greater numbers as they looked to apply more pressure on the Lowestoft back line.

Rhys Stevens couldn't quite connect to a dangerous left wing cross, then Zak Coleman's volley from the edge of the box was tipped over by the home keeper.

Town started to really press for the goal they needed with Lowestoft resorting to a more direct approach to which the Gingerbreads' defence dealt with in resolute fashion.

A break down the right by Stevens saw his low ball across the six yard box prodded inches wide by the on-rushing Campbell Searle.

It was Searle again whose far post volley crashed into the side netting following an inviting cross from Taylor.

Town forced a number of corners in quick succession but, despite a few block efforts, it was to no avail.

However, as the game entered the last 10 minutes, Grantham finally made their deserved breakthrough.

Nico Fossey was tripped 25 yards from goal after a great driving run. Nowak stepped up to take the resulting free kick and hit a low powerful drive towards goal.

The Lowestoft goalkeeper looked to have it covered but allowed the ball to squirm over the line and into the net.

It was a stroke of luck for Town, but a deserved one nonetheless.

Coleman rolled a shot wide after another Grantham attack, but the Gingerbreads then closed ranks to manage the final moments in a professional manner to take home all three points.

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