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2016 - The Year That Was

6 December 2016

The  Mariners kicked off 2016 with a one-one draw with Guiseley at Blundell Park.  Ollie Norburn  had given the visitors the lead, but Padraig Amond's close  range finish gave Town a deserved share of the spoils.
Young goalkeeper Callum Bastock was handed a six-months contract  by Paul Hurst, after  his second year YT contract had been cut short by injury. 
Conor Henderson signed for the Mariners on a deal until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old, who has just spent a month with the Mariners on loan, had been released by his parent club  Crawley.   
He had started out at Premiership side Arsenal, making one appearance for the Gunners back in 2011, during the 5-0 victory at home to Leyton Orient in the FA Cup.
Next up for the Mariners was a trip to Welling in the National League.  A hat-trick from top scorer Padraig Amond and a further strike from Craig Disley sent Town to an excellent 4-0 away win, in front of a mammoth travelling contingent.
And Paul Hurst's side kept the gun run going with a 3-1 at Weston Super Mare in the FA Trophy, followed by a 5-0 romp against Altrincham at Blundell Park.  Goals from Omar Bogle, Andy Monkhouse (2), Nathan Arnold  and a customary goal from Padraig Amond cemented Town's place in third position.
The victory made it eight wins from the last nine league games.
Town brought the month to a close with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Gateshead. 
Left-back Evan Horwood joined the Mariners on a loan deal from League Two side Northampton Town. 
Grimsby Town legends Justin Whittle, Paul Groves, Wayne Burnett and John Oster came back to play on the hallowed turf of Blundell Park in the Chairman's Challenge fundraising game. 
Town kicked off February with a comfortable FA Trophy victory against Havant and Waterlooville, followed by a late and crucial win at Bromley in the National League. Jon-Paul Pittman's 84th minute strike had completed a turnaround, after the home side had taken the lead after just six minutes, and Jon Nolan's goal equaliser on 32 minutes.
Wigan winger Ryan Jennings joined the club on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The  20 year old had been on the fringes of the first team squad at the DW stadium and had made one senior appearance for the Latics. 
The Mariners were left frustrated after Bromley came and 'parked the bus' at Blundell Park in a nil-nil draw. 
And Paul Hurst's side had an afternoon to forget as they were beaten 4-2 by FC Halifax Town at The Shay.  A huge away following of 1,767 were left disappointed as Halifax adapted better to the wet, windy conditions and claimed a fully deserved win.
That defeat marked the start of a great run by the Mariners as they put the horror show at the Shay behind them, with league and FA Trophy double wins against Woking  ensuing. 
March got underway with a TV date at the New Lawn against second-placed Forest Green Rovers. Disley’s headed goal gave Town a superb away victory, after  a solid defensive against a side who had tasted defeat since Boxing Day.  We'll meet again  . . . 
Town backed that up with a one-nil home victory against a stubborn Southport side.  
The Mariners  overcame a spirited Bognor Regis over two legs to seal a place in the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium, with a 2-2 draw at Guiseley sandwiched in-between.  Town had twice fought back from behind but were ultimately unable to collect all three points as Guiseley earned a share of the spoils at Nethermoor. 
Wrexham were the next visitors to Blundell Park and Craig Disley's early goal proved enough see off the Welsh side. 
The good run and Town's promotion hopes suffered a blow when a below par performance at Macclesfield resulted in the first defeat in eight for the Mariners.  Despite Jon Nolan's 58th minute equaliser, old tormentor Reece Styche, who looked to be offside before he finished past James McKeown    


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