We must stop gifting goals – Grimsby Borough boss
DISAPPOINTED Grimsby Borough will aim to regroup and stand up to a tough test tonight when Eccleshill United visit the Bradley Community Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).
The Wilderness Boys failed to build on last Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Dinnington when they lost 4-3 at home against Rossington Main on Saturday.
Borough joint boss Nigel Fanthorpe felt his team "gifted" three points to the visitors as they were left empty-handed despite scoring three goals.
Tonight they must sharpen up at the back – hot shots Eccleshill arrive in town on the back of four successive victories, in which they have netted 16 goals.
Borough started brightly on Saturday and took an early lead when Will Sinclair whipped in a free-kick and, after Jake Thompson challenged for the ball, Gary Deakins was in the right place to side-foot past Jordan Wilby in the visitors' goal.
But within a minute the visitors had equalised when, amid poor decision-making in the Borough defence, Nathan Fraser beat Leigh Cook from 12 yards.
Rossington took control with their high, pressing game, and Borough regularly lost possession to their energetic visitors.
And with five minutes of the first half remaining, Rossington made it 2-1 as Niall Doyle broke through a hesitant back four and beat Cook.
Borough looked to play a longer game after the break to get the ball to their strikers earlier.
But when Deakins sliced a clearance, Scott Spencer capitalised to make it 3-1 to Rossington.
The Wilderness Boys switched to a 4-3-3 formation as substitute Jim Archer replaced Mark Courtly.
And former Grimsby Town striker Andy Taylor kick-started hopes of a comeback when, after the visitors' keeper fumbled the ball, the forward pounced and rounded the stopper before placing the ball into an empty net.
Borough improved, putting together some passing moves, as they went on the hunt for an equaliser.
But after the referee missed what appeared to the hosts as a clear handball in the Rossington box, Borough were hit by a sucker-punch – after John Waugh lost possession, the visitors launched a counter- attack that Dean Thornton finished off by firing past Cook at his near post.
Borough didn't give in and reduced the deficit to 4-3 when Waugh outpaced Bilam and fired a low shot across Wilby into the far corner.
But the referee promptly blew for full-time as time ran out for Borough to salvage anything from the match.