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GRIMSBY Town’s unbeaten run in League Two came to an end at Gresty Road as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Crewe Alexandra.
The Mariners conceded their first league goals since September as Corey Whelan and Shaun Miller sentenced them to a first defeat in five games.
For the fifth league game in a row, Michael Jolley kept the faith with the team that had brought him ten points from the last four games, with the entire 18 remaining the same following the win over Colchester.
The hosts almost struck within the opening couple of minutes as Callum Ainley broke down the right before crossing towards Shaun Miller, who couldn’t stretch enough to get the touch required to guide the ball beyond James McKeown. Miller was again in the action as he raced towards goal from the left, giving Alex Whitmore the eyes before forcing McKeown to save with his legs. Wes Thomas had the best chance for either side just before the break as he turned Nicky Hunt superbly before racing towards goal, but Garratt came up with a vital save to deny the striker. And the Alex keeper was on hand on the stroke of half-time to deny Hooper after great work from Embleton and Thomas as it remained goalless at the break.
McKeown was forced into action soon after the teams came back out as he saved Ainley’s effort from the edge of the box, before Town broke up the other end and Charles Vernam brought a great save out of Garratt with the ball destined for the far corner of the net.
The striker chanced his arm with a couple of efforts from distance which Garratt managed to palm away, before Jordan Bowery broke free of Whitmore and Danny Collins but found McKeown in his way once again with another brilliant save. The goalkeeper couldn’t hold on to his fifth clean sheet in a row though, as the hosts took the lead with 20 minutes to go as a raking ball from Kirk on the left found Whelan in acres of space, and left him the simple task of placing the ball beyond the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
And just seven minutes later, the hosts made sure of the points as Miller headed in a cross from the right to sentence Town to their first league defeat in October.
Danny Collins during the Sky Bet League Two match between Crewe Alexandra and Grimsby Town at Gresty Road.