Mariners 1-2 Aldershot
Football League Two | 29th August 2009 | Blundell Park | 3,757
IT was another horror show of the Mike Newell reign as the Mariners slipped to a home defeat to Aldershot and were reduced to nine men in the process.
The home side had actually started the game quite brightly and were unlucky to not to take the lead on 11 minutes.
Michael Leary (now Gainsborough Trinity) took a quick free kick and spotted the run of Danny North (now Sligo Rovers). The young striker turned smartly and finished beyond Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz in the Shots’ goal but was adjudged to be offside and the goal was disallowed.
And in the 27th-minute the visitors took the lead. Marvin Morgan sped down the right and laid off for future Mariner Louis Soares to cross diminutive Scott Donnelly to nip between two static defenders and nod home from inside the six-yard box.
Just three minutes into the second half the same players doubled the Shots’ advantage.
Donnelly was allowed the freedom of Blundell Park as he cut through the Town defence and netted at the second attempt after on-loan goalkeeper Tommy Forecast had parried his initial effort.
Newell responded by throwing on a number of attacking options but the Mariners didn’t make the breakthrough until ten minutes from time when Barry Conlon (now Carrick Rovers) scored with a trademark header from close-range.
But any hopes of a Town comeback were firmly extinguished in the final minute of the game.
Conlon and strike partner Adam Proudlock inexplicably decided to spark off a 22-man melee on the field and both were subsequently dismissed for their efforts by referee Peter Quinn.
Mariners: Forecast; Stockdale, Widdowson, Atkinson, Bennett; Clarke (Proudlock 60), Sweeney, Leary (Linwood 60); Jones, North, Conlon. Subs not used: Heywood, Normington, Boshell, Fuller
Shots: Jaimez-Ruiz; Hinshelwood, Halls, Winfield, Blackburn; Soares, Harding, Donnelly (Chalmers 89); Morgan, Hudson, Sandell. Subs not used: Grant, Masters, Connolly, Hylton, Straker