August 10, 2014
GRIMSBY Town have drawn 0-0 with Bristol Rovers in their opening game of the Conference season this afternoon.
New signing Alan Connell was handed his debut up front alongside Lenell John-Lewis, but the former fans’ favourite never really had a clear-cut opportunity to make an impact.
After a tight first-half, Town had chances to nick it through Paddy McLaughlin and then Lenell John-Lewis, who poked wide of an unguarded net from yards out after a scramble.
But after more chances for both sides came and went, Paul Hurst’s side were made to settle for what is a solid point on the road.
A timeline of the action below.
03 mins: A cross from Ryan Brunt looks dangerous, but McKeown claims easily.
08 mins: Good work from Lenell John-Lewis earns Town a deep throw-in, but Scott Brown’s eventual cross is too deep, and former Town stopper Steve Mildenhall collects.
12 mins: Brown does excellently to intercept on the edge of the Town box, with Rovers’ building a dangerous-looking attack.
14 mins: Rovers produce the games’ first shot on target, but Brunt’s shot is easily gathered in.
15 mins: At the other end, Alan Connell’s volley deflects behind for a Town corner.
24 mins: Bristol go close amid a goal-mouth scramble in the Town box, but good hassling from Brown and John-Lewis clear the danger.
29 mins: Stuart Sinclair has a chance on the edge of the box, but his shot is charged down well by Craig Disley, with Magnay timing another last-ditch interception to perfection minutes later.
32 mins: John-Lewis almost barges his way through from just inside the box, but he’s closed down well.
35 mins: McKeown gets hands on a deep cross, but it drops loose and he has to gather with blue and white shirts waiting to pounce from yards out.
41 mins: Rovers corner, but McKeown punches away well.
HT – Rovers 0 Town 0
Former Town stopper Steve Mildenhall receives a warm round of applause from the travelling Town fans as he takes to the goal in front of them.
48 mins: CHANCE TOWN: The ball falls to Paddy McLaughlin inside the box and his deflected effort is tipped over superbly by Mildenhall.
51 mins: Panicky defending sees Town concede a corner, but they see out the danger.
54 mins: A clipped long pass from deep gives McKeown and Boyce cause for concern as neither takes charge effectively, but the ball runs through.
56 mins: Town win a deep free-kick after a late challenge on Thomas by Leadbitter, who is booked.
58 mins: CHANCE ROVERS : Matty Taylor evades the offside trap and is through on goal, but McKeown comes out well to block. The Town stopper holds on to Andy Monkhouse’s low drive from the edge of the box minutes later.
62 mins: Clever link-up play between Connell and John-Lewis allows the latter to drive into the box, but his shot is deflected.
63 mins: CHANCE TOWN: Mildenhall flaps at a cross and the ball falls to Disley, who sees his shot blocked on the line, the ball bobbles to John-Lewis at the back post, who pokes wide from only yards out.
68 mins: The ball drops to Stuart Sinclair on the edge of the box and the former Salisbury man cracks a drive over McKeown’s bar.
71 mins: Mackreth cuts back and cross that John-Lewis is eased off and the ball goes behind for a corner.
78 mins: Game begins to stretch and Bristol win a corner, but it comes to nothing.
80 mins: Play is stopped after Brown takes a nasty knock on the head and new signing Jamie White comes on for Rovers.
81 mins: Magnay’s clearance drops to the edge of the box and White drives first time down the throat of McKeown, as the bandaged Brown returns to the fray.
84 mins: Rovers win another corner and McKeown’s punch falls staight to Tom Parkes, who volleys wide.
88 mins: Craig Clay comes on for Connell as Town switch to a 4-5-1.
90 mins: Four minutes added on.
90+3 mins: Jake Gosling twists and turns and brings a save out of McKeown as the ref brings the game to a close.
FT Rovers 0 Town 0
1 McKeown, 3 Thomas, 4 S Brown, 6 Magnay, 7 Mackreth, 8 Disley, 12 Doig, 14 John-Lewis, 17 Connell, 26 McLaughlin, 30 Boyce. SUBS: 2 Bignot, 15 Humble, 16 Clay, 25 Winfarrah, 27, Bemrose
1 Mildenhall, 2 Leadbitter, 3 L Brown, 4 Lockyer, 5 McChrystal, 6 Parkes, 7 Mansell, 9 Brunt, 10 Taylor, 23 Monkhouse, 24 Sinclair. SUBS: 22 Preston, 8 Clarke, 11 Gosling, 14 White, 17 Harrison