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Match Report: Grimsby Town 0-0 Lincoln City

Town and Lincoln forced to settle for a point each as derby ends goalless.

30 September 2017

Grimsby Town and Lincoln City were forced to settle for a point apiece as the first Lincolnshire derby of the season ended in stalemate.

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29 September 2017

As a big crowd watched on at Blundell Park, it proved to be a game of few genuine chances as neither side was able to make a breakthrough.

Town produced a performance full of effort but were ultimately unable to create enough to seriously trouble Lincoln keeper Josh Vickers and it was a similar story at the other end as the game ended goalless.

Two changes were made to the Grimsby starting XI after Tuesday's home draw with Colchester United, as Sam Jones and Jamille Matt replaced JJ Hooper and Scott Vernon in attack.

James McKeown started in goal, with Ben Davies, Nathan Clarke, Danny Collins and Paul Dixon lining up in defence.

Siriki Dembele, James Berrett, Luke Summerfield and Martyn Woolford were the midfielders, with Jones and Matt the chosen strike partnership.

Hooper and Vernon were both named on the bench, with Ben Killip, Karleigh Osborne, Diallang Jaiyesimi, Mitch Rose and Harry Cardwell also selected as substitutes.

Lincoln made one alteration from the team that beat Barnet in their last game, with former Town favourite Nathan Arnold coming back into the XI in place of Josh Ginnelly.

Another former Mariner in the shape of Ollie Palmer would also be out to cause problems against his former club as he lined up alongside Matthew Green in the Imps' attack, while Matt Rhead could provide further firepower if called upon from the bench.

An early Davies free kick was headed clear before Summerfield won the first corner of the game, although it was also dealt with comfortably by the Lincoln defence.

A deep cross from Summerfield on five minutes foun the head of Matt inside the box but the striker could only direct it over the bar.

Town won a free kick for handball just to the left of the Lincoln penalty area six minutes later but they faild to create any danger from it as Berrett's chipped delivery to the far post was caught by visiting keeper Vickers.

Lincoln's first real opportunity to put pressure on the Town defence came with a corner on the right on the quarter-hour but as the ball came into the box from the flag, the referee blew for a foul and a Grimsby free kick.

The game was still yet to settle down as the 20-minute mark passed, with no real chances created by either side in what had been a scrappy encounter so far.

A Lincoln corner from the right was put behind for a goal kick, before a cross from the right was headed away by Clarke and a shot from a narrow angle missed the target.

At the other end, a run through the middle from Dembele was unfairly stopped by midfielder Michael Bostwick, who was shown the game's first yellow card.  The resulting free kick saw Collins head through to keeper Vickers.

A good attacking move from Lincoln soon afterwards led to Arnold hitting a weak first-time shot straight at McKeown, with the winger flashing another effort just wide from 20 yards just after the half-hour.

A penalty claim by the visitors came on 40 minutes when Harry Anderson went down inside the box but it was ignored by the referee.

Lincoln were getting on top as half-time loomed, albeit without seriously testing McKeown or his defence, with Bostwick looping a header over the bar from the edge of the box.

A free kick came for the visitors on the right after an advantage had initially been played but the ball into the box from it was cleared.

Another corner soon afterwards ensured the pressure was kept up but Bostwick's header from it was caught by McKeown.

One added minute was signalled to be played at the end of the half and it passed without incident, meaning the game remained goalless at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and Summerfield had to react quickly to clear the ball after it had reached Arnold in the Town box three minutes in.

That proved to be the start of a short spell of Lincoln pressure which saw McKeown save a volley from Anderson after Collins had hit an attempted clearance straight up into the air.

At the other end, a low shot from Jones took a heavy deflection but Vickers got down to make a comfortable stop.

Woolfor cut in frrom the left and hit a low shot from 25 yards which was also stopped by the Lincoln keeper as Town began to ask a few more questions of their opponents, before Palmer beat the offside trap but saw his cross blocked by Collins.

Vernon replaced Matt in the Town attack on the hour, with Ginnelly coming on for Arnold as Lincoln made their first change at the same time.

Soon afterwards, a low Woolford cross almost fell for Berrett before it was eventually put behind for a corner, which was headed clear at the near post.

Jones turned on the edge of the box and hit a low shot just wide of the far post, before the next pair of substitutions saw Rose replace Summerfield for Town as Rhead was thrown on in place of Palmer for Lincoln on 70 minutes.

Green smashed a shot well wide of the far post three minutes later, before Rhead won a free kick in a position right of centre which led to a foul on Davies when it was sent into the Town box.

A long throw fom Clarke on 78 minutes was headed out for a corner and before it was taken, Jaiyesimi replaced Dembele in Grimsby's final substitution.  Woolford's corner was punched clear by Vickers before Davies missed the target from long range.

Jordan Maguire-Drew came on for Anderson in Lincoln's last substitution on 82 minutes, shortly before Bostwick connected with a cross from the right but planted his header wide.

A Davies free kick from the right was prodded towards goal by Jaiyesimi but the ball went through to Vickers.

It was then Lincoln's turn to attack, with Maguire-Drew seeing a shot deflected out for a corner, before Bostwick went close twice in quick succession, as McKeown kept his shot out before the mifielder fired the rebound wide.

Vernon did well to control the ball on the left at the other end before fining Jaiyesimi but after cutting ino the box, the Norwich City loanee could not work the space for a shot.

Three added minutes were signalled as Town were awarded a free kick on the right but Davies' delivery failed to cause any problems and the ball was headed clear.

Clarke was booked for bringing Green down on the halfway line in the last of the added minutes but the resulting free kick was headed clear.

That proved to be the last chance for either side to snatch a dramatic late winner as the match finished goalless.

Town are next in action when they travel to Scunthorpe United in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday, before returning to league action away to Port Vale on Saturday.


1 James McKeown 
3 Paul Dixon 
2 Ben Davies 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
6 Danny Collins 
7 James Berrett 
27 Siriki Dembele 79' 
19 Luke Summerfield 69' 
25 Martyn Woolford 
29 Jamille Matt 61' 
10 Sam Jones


30 Ben Killip 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 79' 
8 Mitch Rose 69' 
17 Harry Cardwell 
9 JJ Hooper 
21 Scott Vernon 61'

Lincoln City

21 Josh Vickers 
23 Neal Eardley 
3 Sam Habergham 
15 Robert Dickie 
25 Sean Raggett 
30 Alex Woodyard (C) 
28 Nathan Arnold 61' 
16 Michael Bostwick 
26 Harry Anderson 82' 
10 Matt Green 
8 Ollie Palmer 70'


1 Paul Farman
2 Sean Long
5 Luke Waterfall
7 Josh Ginnelly 61'
14 Jordan Maguire-Drew 82'
4 Elliot Whitehouse
9 Matt Rhead

Attendance: 7,669 (1,878 visitors)

Referee: Carl Boyeson

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