Chesterfield are a team struggling, before tonight they had only won 1 in 6 which isn’t promotion form. Grimsby are a team on the up, winning 3 of the last 4. So although Chesterfield are favourites, but no-one should write Grimsby off.
After an even first 10 minutes with neither side dominating Grimsby started to play as well as they had in their last few matches, shots from Adam Proudlock and Peter Bore only just missing the target. Then suddenly Chesterfield burst forward. Ian Breckin, Gregor Robertson and Jamie Lowry all played in one of the most important moves of the match. From their attack came a corner which Jamie Lowry blasted, Grimsby cleared but on the edge of the box un-marked stood Derek Niven whose powerful shot hit the top corner to give Chesterfield the lead.
From then on the Spireites dominated, attack after attack until the Referee blew for half-time.
Mike Newell’s Grimsby looked like a different team after the break as they started to gain a foothold on the game. Sadly for them their pressure caused too many defenders to go forward, leaving midfielder Bradley Wood to try and stop the 3 Chesterfield players on the attack. In a 3 on 1 situation its hard to see the defender winning, he didn’t and Jack Lester scored one of the easiest goals of his career.
Shortly after Donal McDermott stole the ball from Peter Sweeney on the half way line and ran past 2 Grimsby defenders to slot the ball in the bottom corner from close range.
Newell would of wanted an immediate response and he got 1 from Adam Proudlcok who straight from the kick-off went on to give the small group of Grimsby fans some hope.
With 3 minutes to go until the final whistle Sweeney made up for his early error by scoring a magnificent free-kick from just outside the box to give Chesterfield fans some nervous last minutes of the game.
From then on it was all Grimsby, 3 shots all missed the target and when the final whistle went you could tell by the exspression on Mike Newells face that he new his side should of equalised. Chesterfield are up to 11th in the table while Grimsby remain near the relegation zone.