Mariners debutant Chris Doig became the unlikely hero as Grimsby Town notched their first win of the season last night. It was written for Richard Brodie to net the winner, but despite Gateshead’s best efforts with floodlight difficulties, Town came away from the North East with all three points. And, perhaps most importantly, reports from those who attended suggested Town were full value for their win – getting Saturday’s dour draw against Aldershot out of their system.
The Mariners persisted with their new 4-3-3 formation with Scott Neilson missing out completely and Lennell John-Lewis, who impressed as a sub on Saturday, taking his place. Chris Doig also replaced Clayton McDonald to make his debut. The changes clearly made a difference as John-Lewis again impressed the travelling faithful and former York man Doig scored what turned out to be the winner. Liam Hearn also got off the mark for the season.
Let’s be fair – Saturday was crap. But as I said straight after the game, one match doesn’t decide the season. Town have done exactly what was needed – they dusted themselves down and got that bad performance out of their system. With Kidderminster and Wrexham both losing last night, the league already looks to be completely unpredictable. Four points from two games is a decent return. Let’s hope it’s seven from three come Saturday evening.
Full credit to RichMariner on Twitter for ‘Be More Doig’. Image taken from the Grimsby Town Official Website.