Mariners come up smelling of Roses

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Cook

AHKEEM ROSE was the Grimsby Town hero as he came off the bench to snatch vic­tory against Craw­ley at Blun­dell Park.

It was the 19-yearold’s first-ever goal in the Foot­ball League and, more im­por­tantly it helped the Mariners halt a run of three straight League de­feats.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Rose fired home four min­utes from time to move Michael Jol­ley’s men fur­ther away from dan­ger.

Grimsby boss Jol­ley said: “I think we have played much bet­ter than that and drawn or lost games.

“We weren’t par­tic­u­larly flu­ent, and will hold our hands up to that. But we have been in sev­eral games like that where we have been on the wrong end of the re­sult.

“It was a good fin­ish and we are re­ally pleased for Ahkeem. We have spo­ken be­fore about hav­ing high hopes for him, and he showed why.”

Jol­ley added: “We thought long and hard about the se­lec­tions we made. We felt the team we put out was good enough to go and win the game.

“I asked them to pass it bet­ter in the sec­ond half. We weren’t able to reach the same lev­els as last week, but it’s now four clean sheets on the bounce for us at home.

“Our home form has turned around a lot from the po­si­tion we were in. While you are keep­ing clean sheets at home, you can start to be pos­i­tive about things.”

Chances were few and far be­tween, with Craw­ley hav­ing the bet­ter of things in the first half.

Ol­lie Palmer saw two ef­forts charged down in the Grimsby box. At the other end, the re­turn­ing Harry Card­well saw his tame ef­fort cleared off the line.

Af­ter the restart, a way­ward drive from Luke Hen­drie was as close as ei­ther side had come un­til Rose, who was sum­moned from the bench with 10 min­utes to play, blasted home late on from a Harry Davis knock-down.

It came af­ter James McKe­own had made a telling save to deny Ge­orge Fran­comb.

Craw­ley man­ager Gabriele Cioffi said: “It was a heart­break­ing de­feat, and if you ask me I would say I’m up­set.

“It was a re­ally good per­for­mance, but we lost. We have to think that 110 per cent is not enough, so we have to put in 120.”

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