Grimsby rue missed chances and errors in frustrating defeat

Grimsby rue missed chances and errors in frustrating defeat

Grimsby Town were made to rue a number of early missed chances as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bromley.

The Mariners started brightly with high energy levels, spurred on by a bumper crowd at Blundell Park looking to celebrate Great Grimsby Day with all three points.

John McAtee had a couple of efforts that went narrowly wide of the post and Ryan Taylor had a header cleared off the line, before in-form Jordan Maguire-Drew finally found the net.

He slotted home a tidy finish into the bottom right corner in the 23rd minute, finally reflecting the Mariners’ dominance on the scoreboard.

He nearly doubled his tally two minutes later but his shot from an identical position in the box went inches wide of the mark.

The game fell into a lull after the goal and Bromley capitalised on a defensive error just before half time as Graham Alexander scored in a crowded box after a Town defender was dispossessed in his own area.

Max Crocombe screamed foul play at the linesman but his protests were ignored, before he was called into action with a brilliant double save to keep Town level at half-time.

The second half was void of many clear-cut chances for either side, with danger man Maguire-Drew off for Harry Clifton in a change of shape for the home side that yielded no fortune.

The homegrown hero nearly scored a snap-shot volley on the 70 minute mark but his effort was smartly saved by Bromley stopper Mark Cousins.

Bromley then capitalised on another defensive error from a corner when Crocombe misjudged the flight of the ball and dived out of his goal, leaving it open for Jude Arthurs to score the winner.

It was a disappointing and frustrating end to the day for the 5,786 Grimsby faithful fans as they left Blundell Park once again mulling over another defeat that could just as easily have been a win.

A first home defeat of 2022 puts Grimsby back in an-all-too familiar 10th place before a crucial play-off ‘six-pointer’ away at Wrexham on Tuesday.

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