CREWE DE­RAIL TOWN CHARGE

MARINERS PAY HEAVY PRICE FOR MISSED FIRST-HALF CHANCES, WRITES JAMES FINDLATER

Grimsby Telegraph - - Final Whistle – Crewe Vs Mariners -

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.

Pic­ture: James Gill / PRiME Me­dia

Danny Collins dur­ing the Sky Bet League Two match be­tween Crewe Alexan­dra and Grimsby Town at Gresty Road.

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