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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
23:41 3rd July 2012

GRIMSBY Town lost on the road for the first time since March as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat by lowly Hyde at Ewen Fields.

 

On a wet, windy night in Cheshire, the Mariners made the worst possible start as a goalkeeping error by James McKeown was punished by Alex Brown to put the home side ahead.

 

And things got worse for the men in black and white when Ryan Crowther made it 2-0 to the part-time side.

 

Grimsby started to come into the game as half-time approached and they halved the deficit just before the interval, when Ross Hannah struck.

 

After the break, it looked to be a different Town side as they bossed the game and drew level through Hannah’s second of the game.

 

But Hyde recovered and reclaimed their advantage as Brown completed a double of his own.

 

Town pushed forward in search of a second equaliser but it was not to be, as the home side held on to end the Mariners’ long unbeaten run away from home.

 

Two changes were made to the Grimsby side that won at Tamworth on Saturday.

 

Shaun Pearson came back into the centre of the defence after serving a suspension for the trip to the Lamb Ground, while Andy Cook replaced Anthony Elding in attack.

 

Pearson’s return meant Ian Miller dropped to the bench, while there was no place in the match day squad for Elding.

 

McKeown started in goal, with Bradley Wood, Pearson, Nathan Pond and Aswad Thomas making up the defence.

 

Joe Colbeck began on the right of midfield, with Craig Disley and Derek Niven in the centre and Marcus Marshall on the left.

 

Cook was partnered by Hannah up front, while the subs were Miller, Frankie Artus, Greg Pearson, Dayle Southwell and AndI Thanoj.

 

Former Town forward Phil Jevons missed out for Hyde through illness, meaning former York forward Matthew Blinkhorn and strike partner Scott Spencer would instead be tasked with providing the main threat to the Mariners’ defence.

 

Town kicked off but Hyde were ahead within three minutes, when McKeown failed to claim a cross from Ryan Crowther on the left and the ball rebounded off the head of BROWN and into the net.

 

Grimsby responded with a run and cross from Thomas on the left but keeper Ashley Frith, who was a late call-up to the team after regular keeper David Carnell was injured in the warm-up, pushed the ball clear of danger.

 

Cook then beat the advancing Frith to a ball on the Town right but after pushing it past the keeper, he could only put the ball high and wide from a very tight angle.

 

Town were looking shaky at the back and they were in trouble again after Niven gave the ball away to forward Spencer deep inside his own half. The move eventually led to a free kick for a foul by Marshall and the shot from Liam Tomsett was blocked.

 

Spencer then had another chance when he picked the ball up on the edge of the Town box but he could only shoot wide of McKeown’s goal.

 

A foul by Josh Brizell on Marshall on the left brought a Town free kick but Colbeck’s whipped delivery was well punched by Frith.

 

Soon afterwards, the dangerous Spencer found himself through on goal again and he chipped McKeown from 25 yards, only for the ball to drop wide of the goal.

 

Hyde were well on top and they doubled their advantage on 17 minutes. Again, a Town mistake led to the goal, as a cross from the right was missed by Wood and CROWTHER converted at the far post.

 

The visitors had a chance to get one back three minutes later, when keeper Frith failed to get to a cross from Wood on the right but Cook put his header wide.

 

Brizell was spoken to by the referee after another foul on Marshall but again, the resulting free kick from Colbeck was cleared.

 

Cook won Town’s first corner of the game on 24 minutes but the delivery from Colbeck on the right was cleared.

 

Hyde’s Matthew Cassidy was booked for a foul on Disley, as Town finally started to get control of possession.

 

Thanoj replaced Niven in the centre of the Mariners’ midfield, before Pond glanced a header across goal from a Colbeck corner on the right.

 

Pond became the first Town player to be shown a yellow card for a foul on Spencer midway inside the Grimsby half just after the half-hour. Blinkhorn failed to get on the end of the resulting free kick and the deficit remained at two goals.

 

Tomsett had a shot deflected wide for a corner with 10 minutes to go before the break and after Town failed to clear, Adam Griffin’s cross was headed behind for another flag-kick.

 

Thanoj pushed a ball through for Hannah bas Town kept looking for a way back into the game before half-time but keeper Frith came off his line to thwart the Bradford loanee.

 

Colbeck then rifled an effort over the bar from 15 yards, before Spencer hit a shot high over the top at the other end.

 

A good ball from Colbeck sent Hannah through two minutes before the interval but a good tackle from Griffin meant the only damage to the hosts was a corner.

 

They were not so lucky the next time the striker was through on goal though, as Frith came out to block him first time but HANNAH spun and smashed a shot into the roof of the net from the left side of the penalty area.

 

Two added minutes were played before the referee’s whistle signalled the end of a first half in which Town had been lucky not to be completely out of the game.

 

Hyde could have been out of sight after a rare poor defensive display by their visitors but Hannah’s goal would have given Town a lift, as they were suddenly back in the contest at the halfway mark.

 

No further changes were made before the restart and the first real action of the second half saw McKeown get down to claim a cross from Blinkhorn on the Hyde right.

 

Marshall looked to be through down the left on 49 minutes but a good tackle from Luke Ashworth stopped him in his tracks, with Frith gathering the ball at the second attempt.

 

A good spell of town possession around the 52-minute mark resulted in a corner and from it, they were level.

 

The ball was played in and Poond’s header fell into the path of HANNAH, who nodded home from close range.

 

The Mariners could have taken the lead soon afterwards, when Cook picked the ball up just inside the Hyde half and beat his man before advancing and drilling a shot just wide of the far post from 18 yards.

 

Town looked a completely different team after the interval and they had another chance to go ahead when Disley found his way into the box but sent his shot off-target.

 

David Poole replaced Blinkhorn for the hosts just before the hour, with Grimsby now firmly in control.

 

Another opportunity for the away side came when Thanoj hit a first-time volley after a cross from the right but Frith got down to make a great save, pushing the ball away.

 

A foul on Marshall gave Town a free kick on the right and it eventually led to a corner after Colbeck’s delivery was headed back across goal by Pearson. The corner was also taken by Colbeck but it beat everybody and spun out for a goal kick.

 

Cassidy was replaced by Tunji Moses on 65 minutes and three minutes later, the hosts were back in front.

 

BROWN was the man on target for the second time in the game, as his shot from 25 yards deflected off Thomas and found the net at the far post.

 

Another Colbeck corner was headed off the line, although the referee’s whistle had already blown for a foul on Frith.

Greg Pearson came on for Cook as Town looked to come from behind again and they won another corner, this time on the right, although Pearson’s header was cleared.

 

A cross from Marshall was headed on by Pond but Frith was there to make the save.

 

More good work by Marshall brought a corner on the left soon afterwards but Colbeck’s ball into the box was cleared.

 

A foul by Disley on Crowther gave Hyde a free kick in a central position on 80 minutes and Spencer elected to shoot from nearly 30 yards but sent his effort over the bar.

 

Spencer could have put the result beyond doubt when he latched onto a loose ball inside the box with seven minutes to go but his snap-shot flew over the bar.

 

A foul on Thanoj gave the Mariners a chance to get the ball into the box but Marshall was caught offside as the ball was lifted into the danger zone.

 

Spencer, who had been a threat all night for Hyde, was withdrawn with four minutes left, as Stefan Cox was sent on in his place.

 

Hannah and Colbeck played a one-two on the edge of the Hyde box to create an opening but Colbeck could not keep his shot down, with Frith well off his line.

 

Southwell was sent on in place of Wood for the closing stages of the game, with Town still trailing by a goal.

 

And they could have had their equaliser when Colbeck sent another dangerous cross over from the right but Hannah could not direct his header towards goal.

 

Three added minutes were signalled, giving the Mariners an extra opportunity to rescue a point.

 

The hosts almost sealed the points when Crowther got into the box and fizzed a low cross over but Poole could not get a boot to it at the far post.

 

A Thanoj free kick was caught by Frith and Hannah had a shot blocked as the clock ticked down but ultimately, Town could not find the third goal which would have extended their proud away record.

 

The Mariners are next in action when they host Woking at Blundell Park on Saturday.

 

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