Match report: Town secure superb win at Sutton
Grimsby Town earned a hard-fought victory away at Sutton United in League Two this evening.
A Michee Efete goal in the first half was enough to secure the Mariners all three points in South London and make it back-to-back 1-0 victories.
Paul Hurst decided to freshen his side up following the hectic schedule, making five changes from the team that saw off Rochdale at home on Saturday. Andy Smith, Danny Amos, Bryn Morris, Harry Clifton and Ryan Taylor all came into the starting lineup.
The hosts were looking for a victory that could potentially propel them back up into the playoffs, while Town continue to make strides towards reaching the all-important 50-point mark.
The Mariners started the game well and went close to taking the lead early on through Kieran Green, but his right-footed effort just went wide of the post.
They had another good chance a few minutes later through Ryan Taylor, who scuffed an effort and then skied over at the second opportunity.
A long throw from Niall Maher on 17 minutes led to the ball bouncing to Bryn Morris on the edge of the area, with the midfielder not quite getting the right connection and it went out for a goal kick.
The hosts had a long-range shot through Alistair Smith just before the half-hour mark that went comfortably wide of Max Crocombe’s post.
It wasn’t long before Town took the lead through Efete, who slotted the ball home comfortably after being played in by George Lloyd on 35 minutes.
Sutton had a chance to get back on level terms four minutes later when Robert Milsom struck a free-kick that landed on the top of the Mariners’ net.
The visitors took a deserved lead in at the break after creating some good openings in the first half and working the ball well for the opener.
The hosts had an excellent opportunity to find an equaliser 10 minutes into the second half, as Crocombe pulled off a superb save to deny Matthew Dennis’ low effort and keep his side in front.
The Mariners almost doubled the lead midway through the half when Luke Waterfall got up well from a corner and headed just wide of the goal.
Hurst’s side saw out the remainder of the game well to secure an excellent three points on the road.