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Forest Green v Town: Match Abandoned

14 January 2014

GRIMSBYTown face having to fit another game into their fixture schedule after their game at Forest Green Rovers was abandoned due to floodlight failure at the New Lawn.

 

The Mariners had taken an eighth minute lead through Lenell John-Lewis, before James Norwood equalised for the hosts three minutes later.

 

Town had chances to reclaim their lead in what had been an open, end-to-end contest before the problems with the floodlights started on the half-hour.

 

Play resumed briefly after a 10-minute delay but further failures then meant the referee had to abandon the contest.

 

Keeper James McKeown came back into the Town XI after missing the weekend’s FA Trophy victory over Maidenhead United.

 

Scott Neilson, Craig Disley and Ross Hannah were also back in the side as boss Paul Hurst made four changes for the return to league action.

 

McKeown started behind a back four of Paul Bignot, Shaun Pearson, Chris Doig and Aswad Thomas, while Joe Colbeck, Disley, Andi Thanoj and Neilson formed the midfield.

 

John-Lewis started alongside Hannah up front, with Andy Cook, Dayle Southwell, Alex Rodman, Sam Hatton and Paddy McLaughlin all named as substitutes.

 

Forest Green named former West Brom and Notts County striker Lee Hughes in their starting line-up, with the forward out to cause problems for the visiting defence.

 

Grimsby’s first chance saw John-Lewis head over the bar after a cross from Hannah, who had been found by Thanoj.

 

The next attack saw the Mariners take the lead after Neilson and Hannah linked up down the left.  Hannah again found JOHN-LEWIS and this time, he made no mistake, tapping the ball into the net from close range.

 

But their advantage was not to last long, as a quick break led to NORWOOD picking the ball up and beating McKeown with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

 

Town could have reclaimed the lead almost immediately as the end-to-end nature of the game continued but John-Lewis missed the target with a shot that flew over the bar.

 

Reece Styche had a chance for the hosts with the match still to reach the quarter-hour but McKeown was not called into action as he headed over the bar.

 

John-Lewis had a golden opportunity to put Town 2-1 up when a short back-pass was closed down by Hannah and the ball broke for his strike-partner, who could not roll the ball into the empty net.

 

A Hughes volley went wide at the other end on 22 minutes, before Thanoj’s deflected shot went just past the post after the midfielder met a Colbeck cross.

 

The resulting corner was cleared but Town worked the ball back and Neilson won a free kick, 25 yards out.  Neilson hit it but without success and the game then stopped after a floodlight failure.

 

After a delay of around 10 minutes, the action resumed briefly but after less than a minute, more lights went off.  Another delay of around 20 minutes came before it was decided to call a halt to proceedings.


We will let you know as soon as there is any news on a rearranged fixture.  


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