An experienced Grimsby Town reserve team, displaying the likes of Jack Mackreth, Scott Brown, Chris Doig & Jon-Paul Pittman secured a comfortable 3-0 victory today against Rotherham United at Blundell Park.
The Millers failed to capitalise on some very early possession in the first half, with the defence holding strong and nullifying the attacking threat of the visiting team. After a nervy opening couple of minutes without the ball, The Mariners began to find their feet in the game, winning their first corner in the 6th minute after turning up the pressure.
Throughout the first half, Town showed some fantastic passing play giving defenders significant trouble trying to mark their men. This was evident after 12 minutes, when midfielder Josh Venney received the ball, before sending Jack Mackreth through on goal who then turned his marker before placing the ball beyond the goalkeeper.
The first goal reflected the dominance of the Mariners, with Marcus Marshall enjoying himself down the right hand side. He was able to regularly beating his man as Grimsby continued to utilize the space they found in wide areas of the pitch. The pass and move play that opened up Rotherham’s defence earlier on continued, but Grimsby seemed to be limited to ambitious strikes from distance.
The second half started very much the same as the first, with The Millers taking hold of the ball and troubling the Grimsby defence early on, with Heath-Drury being drawn into an early save. After a shaky start, the Mariners then began to settle down again, with Marcus Marshall again causing headaches for the Rotherham defenders who crossed his path.
Marshalls persistent skill and pace was too much for The Millers to handle, as a deflected shot left the keeper rooted to his spot before making the score 2-0 in the 52nd minute. After scoring the second goal, the game began to turn scrappy with possession continuously changing hands between the teams with neither taking opportunities to create meaningful chances.
In the final 15 minutes, Town began to build up the pressure again, with a number of decent chances from Jack Mackreth, Marcus Marshall & James Wroot respectively. The pressure continued to increase and was eventually rewarded, with Mackreth finding the bottom corner of the net with a left footed shot going across the keeper.