Shay’s OK as he nets late on for Cole­man

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Si­mon Smed­ley

AC­CRING­TON’S North­ern Irish hero Shay McCar­tan res­cued a point for his side thanks to a stun­ning late free-kick.

McCar­tan cracked home his third goal in two games from 25 yards as the hosts ex­tended their un­beaten run to an im­pres­sive ten games.

It was a ter­rific goal to earn a share of the spoils, but for Stan­ley boss John Cole­man, he clearly felt his side had let two points slip away.

“It’s a bit dis­ap­point­ing to be hon­est, we’ve cre­ated the bulk of the chances,” said Cole­man.

“Credit to Grimsby, though, they’re one of the bet­ter sides we’ve played here this sea­son.

“They hadn’t re­ally laid a glove on us un­til they scored, we did enough to have won. But I can’t have too many com­plaints with a draw.

“That was a kind of team that we would prob­a­bly have lost to ear­lier in the sea­son.

“We can’t be per­fect, but we cer­tainly could have done bet­ter and con­verted one or two more chances.”

Stan­ley came clos­est to break­ing the dead­lock in a goal­less first pe­riod. Full-back Har­vey Rodgers cracked in a shot from 25 yards which struck the out­side of a post.

Matty Pear­son volleyed nar­rowly over for the hosts, while the Mariners’ best chance fell to Do­minic Vose, whose 20-yard strike was saved well by Aaron Chap­man.

The wood­work came to Grimsby’s res­cue in the early stages of the sec­ond half.This time it was Pear­son who was thwarted as his lon­grange ef­fort crashed against the post.

Mariners bagged the opener af­ter 70 min­utes with a great strike from sub Ak­wasi Asante, who ri­fled home his first Grimsby goal from 12 yards af­ter turned neatly in­side Stan­ley de­fender Janoi Dona­cien.

But McCar­tan’s touch of magic just be­fore the end saw the points shared.

Mariners boss Mar­cus Big­not said: “That’s the last two games we’ve suc­cumbed to free-kicks now, it’s cost us four points.

“I’ve never seen a team con­cede as many di­rect free-kicks like that. It’s some­thing our de­fend­ers maybe need to work more on.

Big­not, mean­while, crit­i­cised the two-foot high metal perime­ter fence at Stan­ley af­ter striker Scott Ver­non crashed into it in the 57th minute, badly gash­ing his head and suf­fer­ing con­cus­sion.

“The fences are dan­ger­ous,” he said. “They need to be looked at, be­ing so close to the touch­line.

“We’ll lose Scott for two weeks now.”


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