Double win for Grindleton

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GRINDLETON picked up two wins over the week.

Last Thursday, they beat derby rivals Waddington 2-1, before a 3-2 win over Ighten Leigh on Saturday.

Against Waddington, Grindleton came close to opening the scoring when Jackson’s corner hit the post.

They had a great shout for a penalty when Bateman was brought down, but the referee’s whistle stayed firmly in his hand.

Grindleton notched the first of the game when Driver was fouled outside the area and from the free kick, Jackson played an inch-perfect ball to Sharples, who volleyed into the roof of the net.

Grindleton should have doubled their lead through Sharples, before they were pegged back when Waddington played the ball over the top and the striker used his pace to get away from North before placing the ball past McGrath.

Grindleton thought they had regained the lead when Ball smashed the ball from into the net from distance, only for play to be pulled back for a foul.

In the second half, Chadwick hit the post as well as having a header cleared off the line, before a quick goal kick from McGrath cleared the Waddington defence for Jackson to lob the keeper for the winner.

Hodgeson hit the post, but Grindleton had done enough.

On Saturday, Ighten Leigh took the lead after a poorclearance from North, and they doubled their advantage after Fawcett gave away a free kick, which flew into the top corner.

They pulled one back when Knowles was hacked down in the area and Sharples scored from the spot.

However, Fawcett then conceded a penalty, but Leigh wasted the chance, hooking it wide.

In the second half Grindleton stepped up a gear and levelled when Jackson’s cross was headed in by Bateman.

And they snatched the winner from another great cross from Jackson, which was stabbed home by Dobson.

Ighten Leigh brought on additional strikers and pushed men up, but the locals defended well, with Sharples back in his own box clearing his lines and McGrath tipping an effort onto the bar.

Grindleton held strong to make it three wins out of three this season against Ighten Leigh.