Jones and Clarke on tar­get for Mariners

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam All­sop

BE­FORE yes­ter­day’s game not many could have pre­dicted the out­come with both clubs see­ing plenty of changes over the sum­mer months, as no fewer than eight of Ch­ester­fields start­ing eleven were mak­ing their de­buts.

But a very ac­com­plished away per­for­mance from the Mariners will fill their fans full of op­ti­mism head­ing into Rus­sell Slade’s first full sea­son as man­ager.

First-half goals from debu­tants Nathan Clarke and Sam Jones gave the vis­i­tors a com­fort­able lead go­ing into the break, Kris­tian Den­nis came off the bench and gave the Spire­ites a life­line ten min­utes be­fore time be­fore a crazy last few min­utes en­sued.

Grimsby didn’t give the hosts any fur­ther chance to get back into the game as Scott Ver­non was brought down in the box just sec­onds af­ter Den­nis’ re­ply, Ian Evatt felled Ver­non and was shown a sec­ond yel­low card be­fore sub­sti­tute Ben Davies fired home the re­sul­tant spot kick.

The drama didn’t stop there as Grimsby’s Zak Mills was also shown a sec­ond yel­low card fol­low­ing a scuf­fle in­volv­ing a num­ber of play­ers from both sides.

“It was a fran­tic game in terms of entertainment, to be hon­est, which I like to think I am, it could have been 3-3 at half-time,” said Mariners boss Slade.

“Ev­ery­body played their part when we were un­der pres­sure, I thought we put our bod­ies on the line at times.

“We had to de­fend for long pe­ri­ods of the game, af­ter all we were the away side, they’ve just been rel­e­gated from League One, so it was al­ways go­ing to be tough. I still feel they’re go­ing to be a side to be reck­oned with this sea­son.”

Chester­field man­ager Gary Cald­well also gave his thoughts, he said, “We went in at half-time 2-0 down in a game where if we were draw­ing I’d be dis­ap­pointed.

“We came out in the sec­ond­half and threw every­thing at them, kept at­tack­ing, cre­at­ing chance af­ter chance but when we did get back in the game we shot our­selves in the foot again.

“We didn’t pack up and think we’d had enough here, we kept knock­ing at the door and play­ing the right way. I’ve seen a lot of pos­i­tive things from the play­ers and we have to build on that.

“I liked a lot of what I saw in the sec­ond­half, that re­silience and de­sire to go and get some­thing but we just a bit naïve at times.”

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