Missed chances cost Grimsby Borough in 4-1 defeat to Knaresborough Town
POOR finishing and questionable decisions from the officials cost Grimsby Borough as they slipped to defeat in foggy North Yorkshire.
The home side started with a 4-3-3 formation, but Borough were comfortable as Knaresborough over-elaborated at times, giving the visitors chances to break up play.
On 20 minutes, Steve Bromley got on the end of a cross and headed towards goal, but James Harness, pictured, pulled off a diving catch, with the home side looking for any rebound.
Borough were looking a threat on the break and Steve Davis got in between Atkinson and Thomas and, with keeper Rushworth narrowing the angle, the striker pulled his shot wide of the far post.
The game was scrappy but Borough were happy to break things up and hit on the counter-attack.
Harness pulled off another great save, this time from Heath as the striker met a Wright cross with a forceful header.
However, disaster struck Boro on 43 minutes when Clayton got to the byline and pulled a cross back to Bromley who powered a header past Harness.
The home side had doubled their lead five minutes into the second period.
A free-kick was awarded all of 35 yards out and David Thomas hit an unstoppable screamer underneath the bar, giving Harness no chance.
Borough dug in and got a good goal back on the hour. Courtly and Fuller linked up for a short corner, and when the full-back's cross came in, Jake Thompson got above everybody to thump a header into the far corner.
That gave Borough belief and they took control for a spell, forcing eight corners.
However, the home side were given a lifeline by the linesman when Danny Wright appeared to be five yards offside after receiving the ball and placing it past a bewildered Harness. The referee awarded the goal amid prolonged protests from the Borough players.
At the other end, it looked like Boro had pulled another goal back when George Newby got on the end of a deflected shot to hammer the ball past Rushworth. This time, the linesman flagged for offside and the goal was cancelled out.
Bromley sealed the points in the last minute when a speculative strike from 30 yards bobbled into the far corner, with Harness beaten by the bounce.