Sleaford Town make Shaw of all three points with late goal

Sleaford Town moved into the top seven of the Premier Division after they snatched all three points off Northampton SilebyRangers in the latter stages of their fixture at Eslaforde Park on Saturday.
Sleaford Town finally score the winner. Photo: John BurgessSleaford Town finally score the winner. Photo: John Burgess
Sleaford Town finally score the winner. Photo: John Burgess

With neither side able to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes, the end-to-end encounter continued apace after the break. But there was no real sign of a goal on the horizon with gritty defending the order of the day.

Frozen to the marrow in the bitterly cold wind, Greens fans were finally rewarded with five minutes remaining.

A corner kick was swung in beautifully over the Rangers six-yard box where substitute and record goalscorer Jamie Shaw rose highest andheaded home with aplomb to claim all three points for Town.

Wellingborough Town 1

Sleaford Town 5

Sleaford Town ran riot in the second half at the Dog and Duck last Tuesday night.

A freak Joe Rich goal gave Wellingborough the lead on the quarter hour, but after Alfie Taylor and Dan Spaughton went close to extending the lead the contest turned in the Greens’ favour late in the first half.

Andy Wright equalised with a back heel four minutes from half-time, and just a minute later top scorer Ryan Oliver volleyed them ahead.

Oliver extended the lead eight minutes after the restart as he made faint contact with a free-kick from out on the touchline.

Oliver completed his hat-trick with a volley into the bottom corner with 12 minutes left and had the last word with an 84th-minute spot kick.

+ Sleaford Town have two matches over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

The Greens are at home again this Saturday when they host 15th-placed Peterborough Northern Star who have won only one league game in their last 14.

On Monday, Sleaford make the short journey to Boston Town who have won two out of their last nine league games, including a 3-1 away victory at Oadby Town on Saturday.

Both matches kick off at 3pm.