The big talk­ing points from the 2-0 de­feat against Crewe

Grimsby Telegraph - - Final Whistle – Crewe Vs Mariners -

Things could have been so dif­fer­ent for Town had they con­verted just one of the chances they cre­ated at Gresty Road.

Just be­fore the break, Wes Thomas had prob­a­bly the best op­por­tu­nity up un­til that point as he turned past Nicky Hunt be­fore bear­ing down on goal, but he couldn’t beat Ben Gar­ratt – who had a su­perb af­ter­noon for Crewe.

Mo­ments later, JJ Hooper forced an­other good save from the goal­keeper af­ter good work from Em­ble­ton and Thomas, while Charles Ver­nam drew an even bet­ter stop out of him when the ball seemed des­tined for the far cor­ner of the net.

The fact that Gar­ratt picked up Alex’s man of the match award for his per­for­mance un­der­lines the sort of af­ter­noon he had – al­though that likely won’t soften the blow for the Mariners. Things have cer­tainly im­proved over the last month – four con­sec­u­tive clean sheets in the league is ev­i­dence of that. But Michael Jol­ley and his men will still be keen to im­prove on the scor­ing record. As Satur­day showed, it can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing.


Satur­day’s game saw a cou­ple of out­stand­ing per­for­mances at ei­ther side of the pitch, with both goal­keep­ers ex­celling for their re­spec­tive teams.

As has al­ready been men­tioned, Ben Gar­ratt pro­duced a fine dis­play for the hosts, earn­ing him­self Alex’s man of the match award at full-time.

And James McKe­own con­tin­ued his own great form with some more top draw saves.

The long-serv­ing stop­per did all he could to try and earn a fifth straight clean sheet, mak­ing top drawer saves from Shaun Miller and Jor­dan Bow­ery to keep the game goal­less – and even tipped a goal­bound ef­fort onto his bar late on to pre­vent Crewe from fur­ther­ing their lead.

There can’t have been many finer ex­hi­bi­tions of goal­keep­ing around

League Two at the week­end.


One de­feat in five. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

How about ten points out of a pos­si­ble 15? Or four clean sheets in a row?

It’s im­por­tant to keep Satur­day’s de­feat in per­spec­tive – yes, it was a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult, espe­cially against a side in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to Town them­selves.

But you can’t lose fo­cus of the fact that the Mariners have had a very good month, and man­aged to turn things around af­ter a poor run of form left a few sup­port­ers wor­ry­ing. Thank­fully, most fans took that view­point af­ter the loss at Crewe, al­though they were in­ter­spersed with the odd doom and gloom an­gle.

But hav­ing re­dis­cov­ered their win­ning touch, and re­cov­ered fol­low­ing a poor start to the sea­son, Town’s play­ers will hope­fully be keep­ing a level head, and look­ing ahead now to Cam­bridge next week­end.

Left, Harry Clifton in ac­tion against Crewe and far left, Wes Thomas bat­tles with an op­po­nent.

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