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📝Match Report: Morecambe 1-1 Grimsby Town

Late equaliser earns Town a point

13 April 2019

Paul Burgess
Charles Vietnam

Charles Vernam's late equaliser earned Grimsby Town a draw with Morecambe at the Globe Arena.

The Mariners had created the better chances but looked to be heading towards a third straight defeat when substitute Aaron Collins put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot with 10 minutes to go.

But they rallied and earned a share of the spoils when Vernam struck on 88 minutes to ensure they reached the 50-point mark for the season.

Three changes were made to the Town starting XI after last week's home defeat by Stevenage, with Sebastian Ring, Joe Grayson and Martyn Woolford coming in for Reece Hall-Johnson, Alex Whitmore and Harry Clifton.

James McKeown started in goal, with Luke Hendrie, Harry Davis, Danny Collins, and Ring making up the defence.

Vernam, Woolford, Jake Hessenthaler and Grayson were the midfielders, with Harry Cardwell and Kristian Dennis in attack.

Hall-Johnson, Clifton and Whitmore were all named on the bench, alongside Brandon Buckley, Rumarn Burrell, Mattie Pollock and reserve goalkeeper Sam Russell.

Morecambe came into the game on a good run of form which had seen them move clear of danger at the bottom end of the table.

Their team included former Mariners defender Zak Mills, with veteran striker Kevin Ellison among those looking to cause problems for the visitors.

The hosts made a fast start, forcing the game's first corner within the opening two minutes and keeping up the pressure from it until the ball was eventually put out for a goal kick.

Town's first attack of note came through Vernam but it did not lead to a goalscoring opporunity as Mills got to the ball in the box ahead of Grayson.

Ellison fired over the bar at the other end on 15 minutes after Ring had lost possession and Piero Mingoia crossed.

A Vernam header was kept out by home keeper Barry Roche four minutes later after a cross from Ring, before a quick break by Morecambe ended with McKeown preventing a corner.

Woolford then saw a shot deflect off Cardwell and go just wide as the Mariners continued to show encouraing signs.

Grayson hit a shot from 20 yards on 23 minutes which Roche saved with his feet, before a good ball from the Blackburn Rovers loanee found Dennis but he was unable to make it count.

A Town corner soon afterwards was eventually dealt with by the home side, while another one just before the half-hour was also cleared after Collins had headed Grayson's delivery back across goal.

Roche pushed the ball clear after Vernam had cut inside from the right and hit a left-footed shot.

Morecambe's Richard Bennett saw a long-range effort blocked by Collins on the edge of the penalty area, before Vernam created the best chance of the game so far but Grayson was unable to take it, insteea lifting his shot over the bar.

Chances were now starting to come at both ends and the hosts were the next to go close, with Aaron Wildig missing the target after goo play by Liam Mandeville.

A foul by Woolford on Bennett gave Morecambe a free kick in a dangerous position on 38 minutes but Mandeville's ball was punched clear by McKeown.

A shot from Mandeville was deflected through to McKeown after Mills' cross had been flicked by Andy Fleming, before a Grimsby corner at the other end caused no real problems.

No additional time was played at the end of the half, which ended goalless although both sides had created opportunities to break the deadlock.

No changes were made before the restart and an early stoppage came when Wildig went down with an injury, although he was passed fit to continue after receiving treatment.

A Morecambe free kick was met by Steven Old but his header did not threaten McKeown's goal, before a good clearing header from Hendrie stopped another home attack just before the hour.

Vadaine Oliver replaced Bennett in the Morecambe attack soon afterwards, with Collins then coming on for Ellison on 67 minutes.

A foul on Vernam gave Town a free kick in a angrous position but Grayson's shot came off the wall and went through to Roche in the home goal.  He then started an attack which saw the ball played through towards Collins but Ring did enough to stop it.

Clifton came on for Cadwell in the Mariners' first change with 15 minutes to go in a move which saw Vernam move into the centre alongside Dennis.

Jordan Cranston replaced Mingoia in Morecambe's last substitution with a little over 10 minutes left to play.

And soon afterwards, the hosts were given a chance to take the lead when McKeown was adjudged to have fouled Collins inside the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.  COLLINS got up and fired int the net from 12 yards to make it 1-0.

Hall-Johnson and Whitmore came on for Woolford and Ring straight after the goal as Town made a double substitution.

And with two minutes to go, the Mariners got their equaliser when the two strikers combined after Davis' cross found Dennis.  The Notts County loanee played the ball back across goal for VERNAM to finish from close range.

Four added minutes was signalled, with Town now pushing forward in search of a winning goal.

A corner came when Hessenthaler's ball almost picked out the run of Hall-Johnson but they were unable to make it count.

And with no further chances before the referee's final whistle, both teams were forced to settle for a point,

The Mariners are next in action on Good Friday, when they travel to Colchester United.


1 Barry Roche (C) 
2 Zak Mills 
3 Luke Conlan 
16 Sam Lavelle 
5 Steven Old 
15 Aaron Wildig 
26 Piero Mingoia 
8 Andrew Fleming 
11 Kevin Ellison 
7 Richard Bennett 
17 Liam Mandeville


21 Mark Halstead 
27 Jordan Cranston 
12 Ritchie Sutton 
23 Tyler Brownsword 
4 Alex Kenyon 
31 Aaron Collins 
9 Vadaine Oliver

Grimsby Town

1 James McKeown 
27 Luke Hendrie
3 Sebastian Ring 
24 Harry Davis 
6 Danny Collins (C) 
7 Jake Hessenthaler 
18 Charles Vernam 
16 Martyn Woolford 
14 Joe Grayson 
17 Harry Cardwell 
8 Kristian Dennis


23 Sam Russell 
2 Reece Hall-Johnson
31 Matthew Pollock 
25 Alex Whitmore 
26 Brandon Buckley 
15 Harry Clifton 
29 Rumarn Burrell

Attendance: 1,897 (283)

Referee: Scott Oldham

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