Grampound 2 Halsetown 5

Match report supplied by Alan Webb, Grampound FC

This seemed a substantially changed Halsetown team from the one played 2 weeks previously and they looked very comfortable on the ball, forcing Grampound's defence to work hard to keep them out. Grampound seemed unable to retain possession and this was reflected in the amount of pressure that they were having to withstand. It was Grampound who took the lead however when a penalty was awarded for handball and Darren Mortimer calmly slotted the spot kick low into the corner. Halsetown came back though and headed the equaliser from a floated free kick and shortly afterwards, a defensive error allowed them to take the lead with a simple chance.
Five minutes into the second half the visitors' lead was extended with another simple goal following some good movement and then came Grampound's best 20 minute period of the game as at last they found some rythmn and exerted some pressure. A dangerous cross from Matt Clements was deflected into the net by a defender to make the score 2-3 and give Grampound some hope and they almost claimed an equaliser on several occasions. Mike Bawden was unable to get a proper shot away from just a few yards out, John Ward's header was cleared off the line and a rasping drive from Darren Mortimer was deflected over. As Grampound pressed forwards in search of their third, Halsetown exploited the extra space and made a few chances of their own, but it was two more defensive errors which gifted them their final two goals in the closing period to give them a comfortable win.

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