Welling Utd 1 Grimsby Town 0
THE Mariners made the long trip south to take on Welling United this afternoon looking to make it two wins out of two on the road.
Scott and Hurst opted for another 4-3-3, with Thomas, Doig, Bignot and McDonald across the back. The same middle three as at Gateshead of Kerr, Disley and McLaughlin, Rodman, John Lewis and Colbeck made up the front three. Liam Hearn and Shaun Pearson missed out through illness, Ross Hannah still sidelined due to a hamstring injury.
Among the substitutes for the Mariners was Scott Nielson who made a return to the squad after missing out against Gateshead, Hatton, Cook, Southwell and Thanoj made up the rest of the visitors bench.
Town had their first chance after only a couple of minutes, Paul Bignot whipping in a dangerous cross, but the keeper got there first.
Just a minute later Aswad Thomas delivered a great ball into the box, but John Lewis' header went wide of the mark.
Welling had a chance to break the deadlock themselves on nine minutes, but clark couldn't quite connect with the ball well enough to threaten McKeown in the Town goal.
In a lively opening quarter of an hour it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score. Town were stronger on the ball and kept it well, forcing errors from what was at times a frantic home side.
Town's best chance came on 20 minutes, Disley starting the attack from the middle and finding Joe Colbeck with a long pass following a great run down the right hand side. Colbeck's shot though, didn't trouble the keeper.
Welling won a corner on 22 minutes, which was delivered deep into the box and headed goalward, McKeown doing well to tip it over.
The Mariners had another good chance on 25 minutes, Colbeck delivering a good ball, but it came to nothing as it went over the bar.
Over the next ten minutes the game quietened down, the home side appearing to have weathered the early storm.
Town won a free kick on 37 minutes when Scott Kerr was upended by Clark, though again despite the good delivery from McLaughlin, nothing came of it.
Welling looked dangerous from set pieces, each corner proving to be a problem for McKeown in the Town goal. The home side had another five minutes before half time, the Mariners keeper doing well again to tip over and keep the scores level.
Town continued to apply pressure and won a corner on 42 minutes. Paddy McLaughlin delivered deep into the box, and found McDonald whose header was goalbound – but he was cruelly denied by the crossbar.
That was virtually the last action of the half as the teams went in level at the break.
Town kicked off the second half, with neither side having made any changes during the break.
John Lewis, Scott Kerr and Birqvist of Welling all found themselves cautioned soon after the restart following a huge bust up in front of the home side's goal.
That was John-Lewis' last notable contribution to the game as he was forced to leave the field to receive treatment after getting another blow to the head, Andy cook replaced him on 58 minutes.
Welling had a chance on 62 minutes when Birqvist delivered the ball, but it bounced off the best of Dyer who couldn't control, and it went out of play.
Welling had come into the game a lot more in the second half, perhaps being the strongest side at times- but they were still unable to find a break through against a tough Grimsby defence.
The home side could have gone ahead on 67 minutes, but substitute Pires wasted the shot.
Town had created few chances in the second half up to this point, but soon showed their ability on the counter attack when Scott Kerr sent McLaughlin on an attacking run through the middle with a brilliant through ball. His pass found Colbeck, but no Town players were there to meet the cross, and the chance went begging.
The Mariners won a free kick 30 yards from goal on 70 minutes, McLaughlin sliced the delivery though, and the ball went out of play for a goal kick.
A goalline scramble in front of the Grimsby goal saw the ball snatched from the feet of Dyer as Welling had their best chance of the half.
Town caught the home side on the break again on 75 minutes, but wasted the chance when McLaughlin put too much on his pass, and Rodman was unable to connect with it.
Alex Rodman made way for Scott Nielson on 77 minutes for Town, who had still been unable to pose much of a threat to the home side in the 2nd half.
Welling won a corner on 79 minutes after some good defending by Bignot to keep the scores level. Nothing came of that though as McKeown rose highest to collect the ball for Town.
The referee awarded a free kick ten minutes from time fo the home side after Dyer was upended 20 yards from goal. The chance was wasted though as Frazer Franks blazed over.
Town posed more of a threat in the closing stages, applying the pressure through set pieces as they won three corners one after another. The home defence did well to close the threat down though and keep the scores level.
Town's resilience was finally broken three minutes from time. The home side had a good shout for a penalty when Dyer was brought down but that didn't matter, continued going forward, and eventually the ball fell to LAFAYETTE who was there to slot home from close range.
Dayle Southwell came on for Town in the last few minutes for town to try and increase the attacking options.
The fourth official announced five minutes of stoppage at the end of the 90. Town looked to take advantage of that, Southwell driving forward and eventually forcing a corner, but the home defence were proving tough to beat.
The Mariners all but wasted their final chance of the game as Colbeck looked to cross but put farr too much on it, and the ball flew out of play.
A disappointing result for the Mariners as the game finished 1-0.
They return to action next weekend at home to Alfreton