Grimsby Borough overcome high-flying rivals Terversal
GRIMSBY Borough stunned Northern Counties East League Division One title-chasers Teversal with an impressive 1-0 victory at Bradley Community Stadium.
Following Saturday's away triumph at Emley, Boro were aiming for back-to-back wins on Tuesday night. The hosts made two changes, with Scott Raworth coming back in at full-back for Tom Heaton and Andy Taylor replacing Steve Davies up front.
Borough stuck to the 4-4-2 formation which served them so well last Saturday.
Teversal – who boast the league's leading scorer in David Cockerill – started the game by pressing Borough at every opportunity.
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But Borough showed their confidence by shifting the ball quickly and refusing to let the visitors intimidate them with their strong-arm tactics.
Jim Archer and Jake Thompson were winning most balls in the middle of the park, releasing John Waugh and Taylor to run at the visitors' defence.
The home side took a deserved lead on 30 minutes when Mark Courtly crossed into the box and Luke Fanthorpe reacted first to take control of the ball and find Waugh on the edge of the box. The striker hit a first-time shot over Daniel Herring into the far corner.
Teversal nearly equalised when, from a quick break, Sean Dickson hit a low shot from 20 yards. Cook just got a hand to the ball under pressure from Cockerill.
Borough started the second half with a determination and belief that a second goal for them would kill the game off.
But Teversal were certainly not finished. They went to three at the back and started to get control in midfield.
But Boro's shape at the back was excellent which restricted them to long-range shots – in particular two shots from Cockerill that hit the bar.
Late on, Teversal's Blake received his marching orders for a second yellow. Substitute Jeremy Mitchell – who was only on the pitch for ten minutes – also received two yellow cards, so the visitors finished the game with just nine men.
Borough should have got their second when Waugh was played through by Taylor – but he scuffed his shot. The win – seen by a crowd of 125 – moved Borough up to seventh in the table.