A BRACE from Rhys Lewis saw Boston United suffer their second consecutive Lincs Senior Shield final defeat.
The Grantham Town midfielder struck in each half as the Gingerbreads deservedly lifted the giant trophy at the Meres Stadium.
The Pilgrims put together a side of first-team fringe players, reserves and youth teamers who, on the night, just didn’t gel.
In fact, Boston only managed one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes, Chris Hall’s free kick being saved by Rob Murray.
In contrast, Grantham – in form and topping the Evo-Stik Division One South – peppered the Pilgrims goal throughout.
And were it not for a string of fine saves from keeper Ricky Drury, the score could have been a whitewash.
“Losing any game of football, you’re going to be disappointed, but especially a cup final,” Drury said.
“We treated it as the serious game it was. To come out with a loss is disappointing.
“They had a few shots and I saved a few.
“It’s just a shame I couldn’t do it for their two goals.”
Drury was downplaying his part in the performance somewhat, as he gave a man of the match performance to regularly frustrate the Town attack.
From distance, he tipped regular efforts from Lee Potts, Lewis and Chris Glarvey off target, while also doing the business from close range to deny ex-Pilgrim Tony Battersby and Sean Cann.
Cann also saw an effort denied as Tom Sergeant blocked his drive on the goal line.
But Grantham fully deserved their victory, which came courtesy of two Lewis finishes.
Twice he breached the Boston back line. Twice he gave Drury no chance with powerful finishes from inside the penalty area.
But a mention must also go to referee Nigel Smith, the Bourne whistleblower bravely soldiering on after taking one in the face from Phil Watts’ drive in the opening half, which left him heaped on the floor.
GRANTHAM: Rob Murray, Sam Purcicoe, Phil Watt, Sam Saunders, Lee Potts (Paul Grimes 81), Rhys Lewis, Grant Brindley, Chris Glarvey, Gio Carchedi (Damien Magee 58), Tony Battersby, Sean Cann (Jamie McGhee 71); Subs (not used): Ben Saunders, Martin Ball.
UNITED: Riky Drury, Lewis Sturman, Lee Canoville, Kevin Austin, Jason Field (Scott Dawson 58), James Reed, Chris Hall, Richard Jackson (Liam Ogden 46), Tom Sergeant, Leon Constantine, Tony Edwards (Charley Sanders 68); Subs (not used): Jason Lee, Andy Hewitt.
Ref: Nigel Smith.