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Grimsby Town 1 Harriers 3


Date: 09-03-13gif Venue: Blundell Parkgif att: 4629gif away fans: 252
Harriers win again at Grimsby

gif Report by Arno Bryant & Steve Williams
Michael Gash's first goal for the club and a brace from Anthony Malbon saw the Harriers maintain momentum in the promotion push and left Grimsby Town feeling like a fish out of water.

The home side clearly started the better and settled down well, leaving the visitors struggling to settle down and keep possession of the ball.  However the Harriers did muster up a few early chances through ranged efforts from Kyle Storer and Keith Briggs.  Grimsby, however, went closer after Ross Hannah's shot was blocked and just missed the target.

Despite the lack of possession it was the Harriers who had the first real opening.  Martin Devaney, brought into the side in place of Marvin Johnson by Steve Burr, turned well on the edge of the box to have a clear shot on goal.  Unfortunately the wide man fluffed his lines and saw his shot go horribly wide.

Cometh the half hour and cometh Danny Lewis.  Grimsby worked the ball well down the Harriers left flank, where they had too much room throughout the first half, and Bradley Wood flicked it in towards the centre.  It was Hannah once more who had the effort and he leapt like a salmon [Ed: Don't you mean Haddock?] inside the six yard box and flicked his header down but Lewis was on hand with an amazing save to deny the Mariners.

Almost straight after the Harriers made the home side pay when they took the lead.  The Carpet Men worked it down the same flank and Mickey Demetriou whipped in a deep cross which everyone missed leaving Malbon with a tap in at the back post.

He scores when he wants you know.

Lewis was once again the Harriers hero later on when he denied a Mariners equaliser.  The chance once again fell to Hannah as Marcus Marshall left the Reds defence for dead and put a ball in across the front of the goal for Hannah to capitalise on and convert it goalwards but Lewis once again pulled off an amazing reaction save, leaving the ball to trickle just past the post.

Once again the Reds made the Grimsby players regret the missed opportunities as Michael Gash doubled the Reds lead just before the break.  A classic counter attacking move was finished by the former Cambridge man to open his Harriers account when the ball was bought forward by Devaney, who then left it to Lee Vaughan to find Gash in the centre for a tap in past the Grimsby keeper, James McKeown.
  HT: 0 - 2
Grimsby had the perfect start to the second half when they came out looking for the perfect reply.  Ian Miller hit it past a sleeping defence, leaving the excellent Lewis angry at his defenders.  It all came from a free kick and Grimsby were given too much space and eventually picked their spot.

After this the Harriers truly had to dig their heels in and keep a shut out for the rest of the game.  This was almost not the case though as Grimsby kept pushing with this new found confidence and had a ranged effort from Andy Cook only just go over the bar, Lewis was left helpless from the strike.

Soon after though the game began to peter out for Grimsby.  They were getting less and less clear cut chances as both teams and Grimsby's management tempers began to fray.

This spelt bad news for the Harriers though as Storer's yellow card will mean he misses the next two games against Tamworth and Newport County.

Danny Pilkington came on for the tiring Devaney and pushed the Reds forward more.  He made an almost immediate impact charging forward and setting up Malbon, but he couldn't beat the Grimsby 'keeper.

It was Malbon though who got the Reds third soon after.  Danny Jackman set Pilkington on his travels and he gave Malbon the opportunity to shoot.  His shot cannoned off the Grimsby keeper onto Aswad Thomas, who may have feared it was an own goal, but Malbon claimed it happily.

The Harriers played keep ball for the remaining ten minutes and only really pushed through Pilkington and, had his final ball been better, could've set Malbon up for the hat trick bu, it was hammered cleared by the battered Grimsby defenders.

It was a hard fought victory in the end for the travelling team, and Grimsby have another tough game midweek against Mansfield to try and push on for the title after being favourites for so long.  The Harriers have a week off and will be keen to see how results go midweek.

Steve Burr's men travelled home tonight joint top of the table and ten points clear of Forest Green outside the play offs.
  FT: 1 - 3

 Goal for Grimsby: Miller 50
 Goals for Harriers: Malbon 32, 77, Gash 45

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Grimsby Town  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
McKeown     Lewis  
Naylor     L Vaughan
Thomas     Demetriou  
Wood     Storer
Thanoj     Dunkley  
Miller gif     Gowling  
Colbeck gif     Jackman  
Disley     Briggs gif  
Marshall gif   Gash gif  
Cook     Malbon gif gif
Hannah gif   Devaney gif
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Hatton     N Vaughan  
Artus     Johnson  
Devitt gif   Rowe gif  
Brodie gif     Vincent gif  
John-Lewis gif   Pilkington gif  

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