EvoStik Northern Premier League - Premier Division
at the Meres/South Kesteven Stadium
Grantham Town (0) 0
Buxton FC (1) 1
Liam Hardy 10
Admission £10. Programme £2. Attendance 297
Link to more photos from this afternoon HERE
It's a straight thirty five minute straight run down the A1 from my house to Grantham's ground, unless you get stuck behind a couple of those dickhead lorry drivers, who decide to drive side by side making silly faces at each other while laughing at the ever growing queue of cars that they can see building up in their wing mirrors.
If I ever get invited to invent a car, like Homer did in that episode of the Simpsons, when they were still funny; the first thing I would have installed, would be an atomising gamma ray cannon, to wipe these road hogs off of the face of the earth at the press of a button.
Seriously though, if you are not travelling to watch a football match, get off the freakin' roads of a weekend and stop clogging the highways up for those of us who have important stuff to do.
In the event, there was only one other NPL Premer Division result to take into consideration, with Shaw Lane drawing 1-1 against witton Albion to sneak into second place and Grantham finished the day in third place, as the visitors took all three points home with them, after winning by the slenderest of margins, while withstanding a barrage of pressure in the closing stages of the game.
As a consequence of this win Martin McIntosh's team moved up to eighth in the table, eight points behind their hosts, as the season approaches the halfway stage.
Having survived an early scare, Grantham pushed forward on the left, through Lee Shaw and Curtis Burrows, but the visitors closed ranks and snuffed out their attacking intentions.
Danny Meadows free kickwas blocked by the Bucks wall, Ollie Luto played a short free kick to Burrows who rolled the ball into the path of Andy Wright, who drilled a long range shot just past the top right hand corner of the Buxton goal, and Jan Budtz punched Luto's delivery into his six yard box away to safety.
Right on the stroke of half time, Buxton conceded a free kick a matter of inches outside their penalty area, from which Lee Shaw threaded the ball to Jordan Hempenstall, who was a fraction away from finding the net to level things up moments before the whistle sounded for the interval.
HT: Gingerbreads 0 v Buxton 1
The Bucks were looking like a formidable unit at the back and the more pressure that they soaked up, the more they pushed Grantham into committing men forward and running the risk of being hit on the counter attack, which they were evidently adept at.
Shaw looked odds on to score, but his shot whistled past the wrong side of the post, while both Lewis and Stefan Galanski, who had pushed forward to bolster Grantham's attacking options.
For the record, as the afternoon wore on, it became bitterly cold across the wide open expanse of the Meres, but the pitch was still in fine fettle come ninety minutes, justifying the call to play the game 100%
FT: Grantham Town 0 v Buxton 1
While Buxton face Stafford Rangers at Silverlands next weekend, before travelling to local rivals Matlock Town on Boxing Day and Halesowen Town the Saturday after.
Of course, the weather might yet have the final say in such matters.