Mariners Memories: Grimsby Town serve up Blundell Park treat with 6-5 win over Burnley
BOTH defences endured a 'fright night' as the Mariners edged an 11-goal thriller thanks to none other than Simon Ford.
It was only the fourth time 11 goals had been scored in a game at Blundell Park and the first time since 1927!
It was very close to Halloween and fans had been encouraged to come dressed for the occasion.
However, none of the 5,620 present could have expected the 'treat' in store for Mariners fans that night or the 'trick' played on Burnley. It was a 'horror' night for both defences.
Town were never behind in a game that swung from side to side like a pendulum.
Both sides scored a penalty and a current Town player netted the winner with nearly 20 minutes to go.
The goals went in as follows:
1-0 (3 mins): Darren Barnard crosses for Steve Kabba to score from 12 yards out.
1-1 (22 mins): Town's defence are out-jumped as Steve Davis nods to Gareth Taylor to head home the first equaliser.
2-1 (28 mins): Darren Barnard's cross is met by a powerful Steve Livingstone header down into the bottom corner of the Pontoon net.
2-2 (30 mins): Ian Moore turns in the box and tucks in a shot between the post and Danny Coyne from close-range.
3-2 (31 mins): A cross from substitute Terry Cooke is deflected into the path of Steve Kabba, who fires home.
4-2 (36 mins): Town open up a two goal lead when Cooke again supplies Stuart Campbell and he tucks away his goal at the far post.
4-3 (45+3 mins): Just as Town expect to go in two-up, Robbie Blake drills in a glorious low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
4-4 (49 mins): Four minutes into the second half and it's four – Moore's cross falls to Gareth Taylor, who rams home the second equaliser.
5-4 (55 mins): McGregor handles Livingstone's cross from the right and skipper Alan Pouton fires Town back into the lead from the penalty spot.
6-4 (71 mins): Town regain a two-goal lead when they win their first corner of the game! Darren Barnard's cross is met by the head of Simon Ford.
6-5 (83 mins): Town concede a penalty when sub Papadopoulos is brought down by Barnard and Blake slides the ball wide of Coyne.
Town still had seven minutes to hang on to their slender lead as Burnley threw ball after ball into the Town box – plus four minutes of added time.
After being ahead all of the game, a double six score-line would have been a cruel roll of the dice for Town.
I can't find another game in League history where an away team has scored five goals and then gone home without a point! Unless you can?
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