MATCH REPORT: City 1, Grantham Town 1

The Blue’s grabbed a late equaliser to share the points with close rivals Grantham Town at Giant Axe.

The Dollies were not at the races in the first few minutes of the match, with Grantham opening the scoring after a cool finish from winger Adebayo-Smith to make it 1-0 to the away side.
This was a big wake up call for City who then started to get a foothold in the game and push forward to create some goal scoring chances.
In the 35th minute, Grantham were forced into a sub with the injured Miller going off to be replaced by Obaro.
This stoppage in play did not disrupt City’s dominance.
The remainder of the first half saw City edge the play over Grantham, which led to a great chance fall to Matty Blinkhorn who headed a deep cross just wide of the Grantham post.
Minutes later, there was almost a calamitous moment for the Grantham keeper who nearly spilled the ball into his own net, only for it to go out for a corner.
The resulting corner led to further scrambles in the Grantham box, as City looked to secure an equaliser before half time.
Both teams came back out for the second half with the advantage to the away side.
However, City came out of blocks with a spring in their step and even more determined to get a result in this match.
Early minutes in the second half saw City goalkeeper Jack Sims called into action for the first time since the opening goal, to make an easy catch from a Grantham cross.
But City were still pushing for an equaliser.
After the hour mark, manager Mark Fell made two successive substitutions to turn the game around. The first of which saw Charlie Bailey come on for Tom Kilifin then a few minutes later, Paul Dawson made way for Charlie Russell.
As the minutes were running down, a fabulous finish from the substitute Bailey levelled the score just before the 90th minute.
But the drama didn’t end there. In the five added minutes of injury time, Brad Carsley struck the bar to deny City a last minute winner.
The final whistle saw City unfortunate to not secure all three points in this close game.