The Grimsby Town FC

Just In:

Question of the Week

When should John Fenty stand down?

End of season
When successor found
Job for life!


Town gain victory in survival bid

By: Richard Lord
Date: 16/02/2002

GRIMSBY Town this afternoon recorded a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United at Blundell Park. Stuart Campbell was the man to score the vital goal when he nodded in at the far post after a deflected Butterfield cross in the 77th minute.

The visitors had drawn 13 games this season and for most of the game it looked as though the teams would have to share the points, until the breakthrough came 13 minutes from time.

Danny Coyne continued in goal after his return from Wales in midweek. McDermott, Gallimore, Raven and Groves were the four at the back, with Butterfield, Campbell, Coldicott and Burnett the driving force in midfield. Boulding started up front alongside Allen.

The first have was a very even affair, with only long-range efforts troubling Blades keeper Simon Tracy. Coyne made a great save from a powerful looping volley from Peter Ndlovu to tip it over the bar, and United came closer when a free kick just scraped the far post.

There was an early booking for the Yorkshire side after a late lunge on Groves by loan man Paul Furlong. On two more occasions before half time similar lunges went unpunished by the referee.

As the teams came out for the second half there were no changes to the side that had held its own in the first half. The referee had also failed to notice that Tracy was wearing the same strip as the officials.

Grimsby began the second half with a storming performance which concentrated with attacks down the right hand side. McDermott and Butterfield linked up well when going forward, and Allen dropped back from attack to keep the moves flowing.

On several occasions Town entered the United penalty area but could not trouble Tracy. Boulding's pace when running at the Blades' defence threatened to bring that elusive goal but the shot lacked power.

As the half wore on wingers Butterfield and Campbell saw more of the ball and gave the team some much needed width. After several contentious offside decisions (which were disputed by substitute keeper Steve Croudson) the deadlock was finally broken.

Another flowing move down the right saw Allen lay of the ball to Butterfield who crossed to the middle but the ball took a deflection off a defender and looped to the far post where Campbell awaited to nod into the empty net.

The goal was no more than the Mariners deserved, and the second half especially the home side dominated. Even after the goal Grimsby refused to sit back and they could have added to their goal near the end.

Sheffield United applied some pressure in injury time, and substitute Ford made a great last-ditch tackle to deny Peschisolido a shooting chance.

Carl Cort The final whistle signalled Town's first win of the year and only their second goal of 2002. Sheffield Wednesday, who were losing at half time, went on to win against Watford, which means the Mariners' relegation battle isn't made to look any easier.

With the prospect of a Premiership striker coming to the club on loan after the weekend (with rumours of it possibly being Carl Cort, left, of Newcastle) Grimsby's push for survival is still not over yet.

Match Stats
League Table
Season Stats

Add To Facebook

This site is by the fans, for the fans, and we will consider articles on any subject relating to the Mariners whether it be related to current news, a nostalgic look back in the past, a story about a player, a game or games in the past, something about Blundell Park or football in general. Click here to submit your article!

Related Stories

Forum Latest
Thread TitlePostsLatest Post
Last 6 games form table4dapperz fun pub21/01 10:57
ICENIAN PREDICTION LEAGUE 2018. WEEK 178vinno6921/01 10:56
The real face of Lincoln city 3mariner9121/01 10:45
Enter your Colchester Player Ratings1SitePublisher21/01 10:27
Away support at Colchester on Saturday 26Ipswin21/01 10:10
League Two Message Boards 2017–201816GrimRob21/01 09:44
Slade interview13The Grim Reaper21/01 09:39
No movement, no news, no hope!!23golfer21/01 09:37
Word Association Game44,609fishyfanny21/01 09:35
Change/add-a-letter/remove-one Word Game thread...30,664fishyfanny21/01 09:34

News  | Submit Article  |   | 
© 2018