Tonight, Grimsby Town host Gateshead in the Skrill Premier Play Off Semi-Final 1st Leg. The Mariners’ recent record against the men from the North East is a good one and a victory by the margin achieved in the league game at Blundell Park last season will go a long way to securing Paul Hurst’s men a trip back to Wembley.
Grimsby Town 3 Gateshead 0
Tuesday 25th September | Football Conference | Blundell Park | 3,202
Grimsby Town eased to a comprehensive 3-0 win over Gateshead at Blundell Park, as their promotion bid really began to take shape.
First half goals from Derek Niven and Nathan Pond put the hosts in control before Ross Hannah added a superb third in the second period to seal the win.
Town came into the game in good form, having hammered Luton Town 4-1 in a televised game the previous Friday. Loan debutants Hannah and Scott Neilson impressed in that game and they were again at the forefront in a good Town performance.
It took just 13 minutes for the Mariners to get their noses in front. It came from a Joe Colbeck corner, which was only half-cleared to Derek Niven, who fired in through a crowd of players from the edge of the box.
The Mariners doubled their advantage within seven minutes. Again it was a Colbeck set piece that caused the problems. This time it was a free kick from on the left by-line.
The winger clipped in his set piece and found Pond, who had peeled off to the far post and was left with the simple task of slotting into the unguarded net.
James McKeown was a relative bystander in the home goal as the North Easterners struggled to get out of their own half in a torrid first 45 minutes for them.
But the Mariners took their foot off the pedal at the start of the second half and almost let the visitors back into the game. Ryan Donaldson was inches away from converting a Josh Lillies’ cross that would have halved the deficit.
Town responded well though and should have had a third when Bradley Wood sped down the right and crossed for Neilson but he couldn’t convert at the far post.
The third goal did arrive with 20 minutes to go though and it was well worth waiting for. Neilson burst away from a Gateshead corner and slalomed down the field, leaving visiting defender in his wake.
He slipped a pass through for Hannah and he made no mistake with a confident low finish for his second goal in as many games for the Mariners.
MARINERS: McKeown; Wood, Thomas, Pearson, Pond; Colbeck, Disley, Niven (Artus), Neilson; Hannah (Southwell), Cook (Elding). Subs not used: Hatton, Miller
GATESHEAD: Bartlett, Wilson (McGlen), Boyle, Chandler, Curtis, Magnay, Gillies (McGorrigan), Turnbull, Donaldson, Odubade, Cummins (Fisher)
Subs not used: Nixon, Carr