March 16 – Denaby United 1 Grantham Town 1

March 1963

South Yorkshire Times, March 16.

United revival saves point.

Denaby United 1 Grantham Town 1

With a revival immediately after half time, Denaby United saved a point in their home Midland league match with Grantham Town and although Grantham mastered the muddy conditions better. Denaby put up a creditable display, in view of their lack of action practice in the past few weeks – and the Frickley “disaster” only two days earlier this.

In the first half especially Grantham’s precise and purposeful passing made light work of the treacherous conditions, while Denaby tended to get bogged down, particularly in the Grantham’s goalmouth, and through approaching work away with haphazard finishing.

A glaring example was in the 10th minute when inside left King fastened onto a loose ball, drew Clark out of his goal, and slipped the ball across the goalmouth. There wasn’t a Denaby player within 15 yards of it as it rolled past the empty net.

Grantham’s tactics were clear. Their inside right on around the centre spot and eight long balls up to the Denaby goalmouth for the rest of the fall, but the chase. In the 40th minute. It worked. A 25 yards past, dropped onto the edge of the penalty area for the bustling Foster to race through the defenders and hitthe ball in. This

Denaby open the second half with a burst of action. In the 50th minute a scramble in the Grantham goalmouth brought the equaliser, the ball going in of full-back Shaw┬┤s leg, and a minute later Denaby almost went ahead, Clark, saving the visitors with a tremendous effort to tip a furious 20 yard drive from Monk over the top.

Denaby team: Hough, Whant, Jones, Porter, Wild, Monk, Grainger, Gray, Mullen, King, Roebuck

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