New faces help Borough to victory over Amateur boys
GRIMSBY Borough's new boys helped them to their first win in five games with a 3-2 victory over Yorkshire Amateur.
Former Grimsby Town young first-teamer Jammal Shahin and current Youth goalkeeper Liam Higton – who has joined the Wilderness Boys on a season-long loan – both played their parts in a win for Nigel Fanthorpe and Steve Newby's men.
Midfielder Shahin started on the bench, but would later have a telling impact, while Higton took his place in goal and was later named man of the match for his performance.
After surviving an early pitch inspection, the game got off to a flying start when Borough's Steve Davies got on the end of Higton's huge clearance to fire home after only 20 seconds.
It was the quickest goal ever scored at the Bradley Community Stadium and got the hosts off to the best possible start.
Despite the early set-back the visitors' responded well with Craig Heard causing Borough's defence problems with his pace.
Luke Fanthorpe picked out Davies with a diagonal ball over the back four and the striker cut inside but was closed down for a corner, from which Gary Deakins should have done better.
He had another great chance to double his side's advantage when he scuffed his shot wide at the far post.
Borough were made to rue those missed opportunities when Amateur equalised five minutes before the break.
The pacey Dom Noteman played the ball to Heard who was allowed to turn and find Kaydon Fishley, who gave Higton no chance from ten yards.
But Borough responded and were back in front inside a minute.
Deakins found Josh Fuller and the winger pushed the ball past Daniels before sprinting to the by line to deliver a low cross to Fanthorpe, who hammered home to give his side a lead at the break.
After being on the wrong end of a heavy tackle from Billali, Fanthorpe was forced off after only five minutes of the restart and was replaced by Shahin.
The visitors were looking the more likely of the two sides to nick the next goal but they were reduced to ten men when James Law received a straight red for raising his hands in an altercation.
After Higton had pulled off a superb save to deny Heard, the Ammas eventually got on terms when Adam Shaw equalised in the final ten minutes.
Borough reshuffled and brought on Matty Hall and Will Sinclair for James Archer and Shaun Baker, with Shahin switching to the right wing.
Hall picked him out with a good ball and the debutant skipped around Daniels to cross to an unmarked Sinclair, who looped a header over Carlisle to give Borough the lead with just five minutes left.
Shaw was shown a second yellow after an over the top challenge on Davis which reduced the visitors to nine men, and Borough duly saw the game out.
After the game, joint boss Nigel Fanthorpe said: "We came through a tough game with a great three points.
"Again, the league proved how tough it is and this game showed that no team can ever be taken for granted."