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Match Report: Carlisle Utd 0-1 Grimsby Town

Town earn vital victory to end six-game losing streak

2 October 2018

Grimsby Town ended their six-game losing streak as they beat Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Luke Hendrie's first-half goal proved enough for the Mariners to take all three points and claim their second victory of the season.

After the goal, it was a gutsy rearguard action by the visitors in the face of home pressure but they held firm for a much-needed win.

Five changes were made to the Town starting XI after Saturday's loss to Morecambe, with Reece Hall-Johnson, Harry Clifton, Mitch Rose, Charles Vernam and JJ Hooper all coming in as Harry Davis, Jake Hessenthaler, Martyn Woolford, John Welsh and Jordan Cook dropped out.

James McKeown started in goal, with Hall-Johnson, Alex Whitmore, Danny Collins and Hendrie forming the defence.

Clifton, Rose and Elliot Embleton were the midfield trio, with Hooper and Vernam either side of Thomas in attack.

Hessenthaler and Woolford were both named on the bench, along with Sam Russell, Louis Robles, Paul Dixon, Harry Cardwell and Ben Pringle.

Carlisle included former Grimsby loanee Jamie Devitt in their line-up, with Hallam Hope also among those looking to cause problems for the Mariners.

Town started well, creating early chances including one for Hendrie, who drove into the penalty area from the left but fired over the bar.

The visitors went close on eight minutes when Hooper was denied by keeper Adam Collin after the ball had been threaded through to him by Embleton, with the Sunderland loanee just unable to get to the rebound.

And another opportunity was to come two minutes later, this time for Vernam after he intercepted a back-pass and advanced, only for his shot to be saved by Collin.

Good hold-up play by Thomas on 15 minutes led to a corner, which produced another in quick succession.  This time, the kick was taken short and Clifton's ball to Thomas led to the striker turning and shooting narrowly wide.

Whitmore escaped a booking for a foul on Devitt on 28 minutes and from the resulting free kick, Macaulay Gillesphey's shot took a deflection but McKeown managed to get to it and push the ball away.

A let-off for the Mariners came soon afterwards, with Hallam Hope crossing from the left but Jack Sowerby was unable to connect with a header.

Town then created another good chance on the half-hour, with Embleton crossing from the left for Hooper, who could only head wide from six yards.

Devitt had tried to run off the knock he picked up in the challenge with Whitmore but eventually had to be replaced by Adam Campbell with 33 minutes on the clock.

Whn the first goal came on 38 minutes, it was the Mariners who took a deserved lead.  Vernam's shot was saved by Collin but HENDRIE was there to capitalise from the rebound and put the ball into the net.

Carlisle's response saw them win a free kick on the edge of the box after a handball by Hall-Johnson, who was booked.  Tom Parkes had a shot blocked after the ball was played in low and Town eventually cleared the danger.

Another home free kick brought another opportunity to put pressure on the Town goal but it was not taken as nobody could get on the end of Sowerby's cross.

Three added minutes were played at the end of the half, with Sowerby missed the target with a header after he had been found by Campbell following an uncertain clearance by Collins.

That proved to be the last chance for either side before half-time, with Town holding onto their advantage at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and Hendrie was booked for a late challenge three minutes in, before a flurry of corners were dealt with by the Mariners.

Hooper almost had a chance after he had been found inside the box by Vernam but good defending meant he was unable to get a shot away.

At the other end, an effort from Kelvin Etuhu was pushed away by McKeown, before Hope slipped as he looked to make progress into the penalty area.

Hooper did well to beat his man and make his way into the box on 59 minutes but keeper Collin got to his cross ahead of Embleton to ensure the only damage was a corner.

A left-footed shot just after the hour by Sowerby was comfortable for McKeown, before a free kick from Embleton at the other end was held by Collin.

Ashley Nadesan and Hope both had attempts blocked in quick succession as Carlisle kept looking for an equaliser, then a cross from Etuhu drifted out for a goal kick.

A short stoppage came for Hall-Johnson to receive treatment after he went down with an injury, before being passed fit to play on.

Another Carlisle corner was cleared, before a good block from a shot by Hope brought another flag-kick.  This time, Gillesphey's glancing header hit the post and the ball bounced around the Town box until the referee's whistle for a free kick came to their rescue.

The home side made a double substitution with 12 minutes to go, sending Mike Jones and Liam McCarron on in place of Regan Slater and Sowerby.

Town then made their first change, with Woolford coming on in place of Embleton.

A foul on Clifton gave the Mariners a free kick around 35 yards out and in a central position on 82 minutes but Woolford's effort rolled out for a goal kick.

Rose gave away a free kick for a foul on Jones but McCarron's shot was blocked after the ball had been played into the box.

More good defending by Town gave Carlisle another corner but again, they were unable to create any danger from it.

Hope had a good chance with two minutes to go after the ball had been played to him by Gary Liddle but he was unable to test McKeown as the ball went over the bar and again, the Mariners survived with their lead intact.

Four added minutes would be played at the end of the game, with the home side still attacking in search of a leveller.

Two Carlisle penalty shouts were waved away by the referee, before Cardwell replaced Vernam before another home corner was cleared by Collins.

And there was still time for yet another home corner, which was punched clear by McKeown before the ball was put behind again.  The ball was headed out to the edge of the box, where Campbell shot towards goal but the ball was gathered by McKeown.

That proved to be their last chance of the game and Town were finally able to celebrate a much-needed three points.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday, when Port Vale visit Blundell Park.

Carlisle Utd

30 Adam Collin 
4 Gary Liddle (C) 
12 Macaulay Gillesphey 
5 Anthony Gerrard 
6 Tom Parkes 
10 Jamie Devitt 
15 Regan Slater 
21 Kelvin Etuhu 
23 Ashley Nadesan 
18 Jack Sowerby 
9 Hallam Hope


2 Gary Miller 
24 Sam Adewusi 
16 Adam Campbell 
26 Jack Egan 
11 George Glendon 
8 Michael Jones 
27 Liam McCarron


1 James McKeown 
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 
27 Luke Hendrie 
25 Alex Whitmore 
6 Danny Collins (C) 
8 Mitch Rose 
22 Elliot Embleton 
15 Harry Clifton 
18 Charles Vernam 
9 JJ Hooper 
39 Wes Thomas


23 Sam Russell 
3 Paul Dixon 
7 Jake Hessenthaler 
30 Ben Pringle 
16 Martyn Woolford 
17 Harry Cardwell 
14 Louis Robles

Attendance: 3,316 (143)

Referee: Martin Coy

Next Up: Port Vale (H)

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