Grimsby silence noisy Woking with late winner
Grimsby managed to grab a late winner against a frustrating Woking side.
Back at Blundell Park, John McAtee got the game underway with Mariner’s boss, Paul Hurst making a number of changes after last week’s away victory at Dover.
Arjan Raikhy was ruled out with a troubling hairline fracture which could see him miss the rest of the season whilst Emmanuel Dieseruvwe dazzled in his second cap for the club.
Grimsby were favourites going into the match with Woking’s woeful form, exacerbated by Alan Dowson sacking early in the week.
Despite a confident, in-form Grimsby side, Woking held their own against the play-off hopefuls and would have been happy to take away a point.
Town applied heavy pressure early on, testing the Woking goalkeeper, and their luck.
Efforts from McAtee and Efete earned the Mariners corner kicks and brought the fans to life as Grimsby came knocking for the opener.
Woking was lucky not to have conceded in the opening 20 minutes after an inch perfect corner met with a powerful Waterfall header, followed by Sousa’s strike which was cleared off the line.
The Mariners looked dangerous on the offensive, using the ball well and picking passes after one or two touches, Woking , however, refused to give up without a fight.
Woking came to play on the break, setting up strong defensive backlines and frustrating Town with lethargic ball movements and simulation, resulting in angry Grimsby fans.
The first half ended 0-0, Woking lucky to still be level.
Unfortunately, the play on the pitch had been tarnished after some away supporters began throwing projectiles.
Grimsby looked inspired during the second half, Abrahams and Burgess combining which resulted in a crucial save and another Town set piece.
Minutes later, the Mariners thought they had broken the deadlock after putting the ball into the back of the net, but the goal was chalked off after the keeper was fouled.
Town turned on the pressure, putting in a multitude off crosses but lacking any clinical quality.
Edging closer to the final whistle, Woking could have stolen all three points after hitting Town on the break, Kabamba could only find the side netting.
The Mariners did eventually find the winner through new signing, Emmanuel Dieseruvwe in the 95th minute.
Abrahams found the striker in space before blasting the ball into the near post, sending Blundell Park into madness.
Grimsby’s late winner extends their unbeaten form to 5 games.