Sleaford Town Reserves left Park Avenue with all three points on Saturday after a world class goal by Harry Ginniff.
This season Town have been beaten 3-2 by Cleethorpes AKP twice, 5-4 by CGB Humbertherm, 1-0 by Market Rasen Town and now 2-1 by Sleaford Town Reserves. Town played well in all those matches and have been extremely unlucky not to win at least one of them.
This time Town put in another solid performance. Sleaford were unconvincing, but an unforgettable goal by Harry Ginniff and one from Jonathan Twentyman gave them a narrow win.
Town took the lead after just 11 minutes through debutante Dave Deane. The young striker ran onto Jack Potter’s ball over the top and slotted past the onrushing Garry Doran.
Afterwards there was very little to speak of for the remainder of the first half. Both sides cancelled each other out and there were no chances at either end.
Town began the second half brightly and Deane forced Doran into a save before Lance James raced clear and was thwarted by a last ditch challenge from Chris Anderson. Jake Marshall then came close with a shot from the edge of the box.
Town’s goalkeeper Mitch Whiley pulled off a decent save to deny David Cook. However, he was powerless to prevent a fantastic equalizer by Harry Ginniff in the 63rd minute.
Lee Llewellyn floated in a free kick from the left and Whiley punched the ball out of a crowded penalty box. It came to Ginniff and he unleashed an unstoppable volley into the top right corner from 25-yards.
It was a magnificent strike by Ginniff and just six minutes later he went from scorer to provider by setting up a goal for Twentyman. On that occasion Ginniff played in Twentyman and he finished well to bag the winner for Sleaford.
Late on Town should have had a penalty when Doran bundled over Deane in the area. Then with minutes remaining Gary Nimmo cut inside from the left and was denied by Doran at full stretch.
Sleaford hung on for a 2-1 win despite not playing particularly well. It was a moment of brilliance that inspired them to victory.
Ben Humphrey was satisfied with another good performance. He said: “We played fine and lost by the odd goal once again.
“The back four were solid and Dave Dean was impressive on his debut. The other lads did well too, but began to tire after a promising 60 minutes and conceded a couple of goals. The first of those was an excellent volley.
“We’ll keep trying and I’m sure our first win will come.”
Town are next in action on Wednesday, February 25, at home to Market Rasen Town in the Lincs League (7:45 pm).
Town (4-4-2): Whiley; King, Stephens, B.Coulam, Johnson; Nimmo, J.Marshall (c), Potter (D.Marshall 46), Buck (Stainton 61); James, Deane.