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Date: 28-11-15 gif Venue: Blundell Park gif att: 3894 gif away fans: 77
No luck for Harriers at Grimsby

gif Report: Phil Lench
The Harriers lost this game narrowly at Grimsby during an early second half onslaught that saw the hosts pressurise Dean Snedkers goal and then once they had scored seemed to settle for the single goal.  The Harriers tried hard to rescue a point but we haven't got enough in our locker for that and, apart from a late chance for Ben Whitfield that struck the post, went home empty handed and back to the foot of the table after Halifax beat Dover 4-2.

We started the game with just one change to the side that had started against Aldershot last time out.  Matt Barnes-Homer returned to the side while Matt Young dropped for the line-up completely and that would seem to have been for injury reasons.

It was the Reds that started the game the stronger and forced the Mariners to resort to long balls over the top that were then mopped up easily by the strong Harriers defence.  It was us that had the first real chance of the game when James McQuilkin's delivered ball in the eighth minute was met by Ben Whitfield's header at the far post but the Grimsby keeper James McKeown did well to gather it safely.

It took the home side twenty minutes to create anything of note and that came when Craig Disley fire his shot straight at Snedker and then somehow the keeper managed to push Nathan Arnolds point blank header around the post with it looking destined for the back of the net.

We went into the break all square but knowing that Grimsby would come out a different side in the second half.
  HT: 0 - 0
We countered that by starting the half stronger and our first chance fell to Dino Fazlić as his fierce drive went just the wrong side of the upright.  That was the last we saw of the Harriers as an attacking force for a while as the hosts began to take control and go in search of the opening goal.

Jordan Jones had just come on as our first substitute in place of Jordan Murphy but with his first touch of the ball he slipped and allowed Conor Townsend in to cross the ball over for their leading scorer Pádraig Amond to head the ball beyond Snedker at the near post.  Grimsby should have doubled their lead a few minutes later when Omar Bogle blazed a simple chance over the bar.

By then the Mariners seemed to be happy with what they had and were happy just to control the game but almost came to grief when first Gurjit Singh and then Ben Whitfield came close to grabbing a deserved equaliser.  Singh fired straight at McKeown while Whitfield hit the upright again after breaking free from the Grimsby defenders.

We now have to wait until next Saturday when we entertain Gateshead and hope that our home form can carry us through with a win.
  FT: 1 - 0

 Goal for Grimsby: Amond 66

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Grimsby Town  goals   subs   cards      Harriers  goals   subs   cards 
McKeown     Snedker  
Tait     Hodgkiss  
Nsiala     Francis-Angol  
Townsend     Maxwell gif  
Clay     Langmead  
Gowling     Howkins  
Arnold gif     McQuilkin  
Disley     Whitfield  
Monkhouse     Barnes-Homer gif  
Amond gif gif     Fazlić  
A Jones gif     Murphy gif  
SUBS:         SUBS:      
Pearson     Brown  
Bogle gif - 64     Singh gif - 70  
Pittman gif - 87     J Jones gif - 65  
Henderson     Forsyth  
Alabi gif - 76     Rowe-Turner gif - 75  

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