MARINERS 1 (Toner) SWINDON TOWN 0
COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO | SATURDAY 17-03-07
The Mariners stormed into the top half of League Two with a fine 1-0 win over high-flying Swindon Town at Blundell Park.
Ciaran Toner scored the only goal of the game on 73 minutes, making it three wins out of three for Alan Buckley’s in-form team.
The Mariners started the brightest and some fluid football on the left hand side between Toner, Danny North and Tom Newey saw the latter’s shot blocked for a corner. Toner’s inswinging corner clipped the crossbar and Paul Bolland’s follow-up was smartly blocked.
Manager Alan Buckley reverted to a 4-4-2 formation, bringing Gary Jones on for Danny Boshell on 36 minutes, and then brought Peter Till on for Peter Bore at half time.
The hosts really turned the screw in the second half and were unlucky not to be in front after efforts from both Jones and North.
The goal arrived with 17 minutes to go, and the Mariners were grateful for some excellent refereeing by Darren Deadman. John McDermott broke down the right, but was pulled back by a defender. The assistant flagged for a foul, but Deadman waved play on, allowing Toner to convert the cross to give the Mariners the lead.
As the game reached its closing stages, Phil Barnes pulled off a tremendous save from Christian Roberts to keep Grimsby in front.
The game was end-to-end action, and on 82 minutes Town broke through Till, whom Michael Timlin crudely took out. The Robins’ midfielder had already been booked, and the resulting dismissal extinguished any hope the visitors had of a comeback.