Match report – Grimsby Town 1 Dover Athletic 1

photoLet’s not beat about the bush, it was poor. Three games have gone this season and Town have regressed since that encouraging opening match at Bristol Rovers. Defensively they look solid, but once they pass the halfway line Town are one-paced, predictable and lack quality in the final third. The Mariners had enough chances to win two games, but that would have been harsh on a plucky Dover side that deserved their point. Town are currently playing too deep, leaving John-Lewis isolated and without any midfield runners. It’s flat and the fans are getting restless. We know how that usually ends. Continue reading

Match report – Grimsby Town 0 Nuneaton Boro 0 #gtfc #nbfc

photoSomeone at Grimsby Town needs to stop walking under ladders. With half a dozen players unavailable for the opening day of the season, Chris Doig and Jack Mackreth joined the list of walking wounded and the suspended leaving Town with a patched up side of professionals and a bench made up of under 18 year olds. With the lack of options available, and the fact Nuneaton parked the proverbial bus, it was going to take a moment of genius or a bit of luck to break the visitors down. Sadly Town didn’t have much of either last night and left Blundell Park with their second goal-less draw within the space of a few days. Continue reading

No pyro, no party – GTFC ‘on verge of being fined’ for use of flares at matches

According to a post on The Fishy by John Fenty, Grimsby Town are “on the verge” of being fined as a result of supporters using flares at away games. The use of flares at Grimsby Town away games seems to have grown in popularity over the last 12 months with scenes like the above now a regular at away games. Setting off smoke bombs or flares at football matches has always been a criminal offence, but it seems the FA and now clubs themselves are getting tougher in trying to prohibit their use inside grounds. Continue reading

Match report: Bristol Rovers 0 Grimsby Town 0 #brfc #gtfc

photo 1Grimsby Town don’t do opening day wins – they’ve won just two of their last 13 season openers – but they sure do like drawing them. With six first teamers out injured and the returning Alan Connell meeting his new teammates at the team hotel just 12 hours before kick off, a draw in the circumstances is a decent result. It wasn’t pretty – at times it was downright ugly – but had Lenell John-Lewis poked in a rebound from just three yards when it was harder to miss, the Mariners may have come away with three points. Continue reading