Grantham Sunday League Premier Division
Ancaster Rams 2 AFC Sleaford United 0
FOLLOWING their promotion to the premier division, United opened their new campaign at Ancaster.
United started strongly and on 15 minutes Nathan Thompson fire a shot straight at the Ram’s keeper. He was injured moments later and replaced by Jack Maddison.
Danny Long then nearly scored from a spectacular overhead kick from a Chris Porter corner.
United keeper Gaz Tomlinson denied Rams with a good save and he produced another good save before Ancaster found the net in the 41st minute. Shortly before Sleaford’s Ben Padley had headed narrowly over.
Five minutes into the second half, a Maddison attempt went over the bar.
United were unable to take advantage of a goalmouth scramble from a Craig Barlow corner.
In the 63rd minutes United brought on Kyle Steele to replace Tom Rastall. Six minutes later Rams added a second.
United pressed to pull one back but a Hewitt effort was well saved and Maddison hit his shot straight at the keeper.
Eight minutes from time Jonny Hotson replaced Tomlinson in goal and the keeper went outfield for Padley. Two minutes later Tomlinson nearly had his name on the scoresheet but could not find the back of the net.
Rams hit the post in the closing minute of the game.
Sleaford were left to rue their lack of clinical edge in front of goal.
Man of the match: Tom Hewitt
Sleaford United: Tomlinson; Welford, Creppy, Porter, Steele, Long, Padley, Hewitt, Thompson, Barlow, Green. Subs: Maddison, Rastall, Hotson, Vamplew