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REPORT | Grimsby Town 1 Rovers 3

12 November 2022

Match Reports

REPORT | Grimsby Town 1 Rovers 3

12 November 2022

Rovers made it back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League Two with a comfortable triumph at Grimsby Town.

George Miller scored twice, either side of a Harrison Biggins stunner, as head coach Danny Schofield collected the first away victory of his tenure.

Substitute John McAtee pulled a goal back for Grimsby ten minutes from time but Rovers were deserved winners at Blundell Park.

Schofield reverted back to the same starting XI that began the previous league game against Gillingham two weeks earlier with Tom Anderson returning to the side after a brief injury lay-off.

Rovers were on the front foot from the opening whistle with a high-energy start to the game.

Kyle Knoyle pushed forward after a slick passing move and drilled the ball across goal but it was out of reach of team mates.

Miller drew the first save of the game from Grimsby keeper Max Crocombe four minutes in when he met a cross from Knoyle at the near post with a header which was parried away.

And Rovers were ahead after just six minutes.

Miller brought down the ball on half way and carried it into the box before switching play across to the lively Knoyle. The full back drilled across the face of goal where Miller was placed to tap home from close range.

Rovers continued to have the better of attacking play and Harrison Biggins fired over from 20 yards after receiving a cutback from Ben Close.

The hosts did not threaten the Rovers goal in the first quarter hour, before Harry Clifton saw a first time effort deflect wide from 20 yards.

Knoyle was a major threat for Rovers down the right and embarked on a mazy run into the box before seeing a low drive blocked out for a corner.

There was a scare for Rovers midway through the half when Clifton was played clean through as Grimsby broke but Jonathan Mitchell closed him down superbly and blocked the shot just inside the box.

Grimsby grew into the game but found Rovers difficult to break down despite some promising play.

Miller went close to adding a second before the break when he turned onto a James Maxwell pass and curled for the far top corner, only to see the ball fly over.

And Luke Molyneux drew a save from Crocombe with a low drive in the final act of the first half.

The lead was extended six minutes into the second half with a special strike from Biggins.

The Grimsby defence failed to deal with a free kick into the box, with the ball eventually dropping to Biggins who sent a bullet of a shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

The home crowd was buoyed by the return from injury of forward McAtee just after the hour mark.

But Rovers sucked the atmosphere out of Blundell Park two minutes later as Miller grabbed a third.

Knoyle carried the ball superbly and slid a pass into the box which Miller collected and slotted a shot under goalkeeper Crocombe.

Miller was on the hunt for a hat trick and will have been disappointed to scuff a shot from close range after a driven ball into the box from Knoyle.

Kyle Hurst embarked on a surging run to the edge of the box but saw a rasping drive blocked by the face of Grimsby defender Andy Smith.

McAtee pulled a goal back for Grimsby on 79 minutes as he jinked his way into space and slotted into the bottom corner.

But it was Rovers who looked the more likely to add to their score in the dying moments.

Substitute Aidan Barlow made a tenacious run into the box but his low centre was just out of reach for the well-placed Miller.

Ro-Shaun Williams slid in to produce a vital block with McAtee lurking to meet Michee Efete’s ball to the near post.

Mitchell pushed a powerful drive onto the bar deep into injury time but Rovers maintained their advantage for the victory.

Grimsby: Crocombe, Efete, Waterfall, Smith, Glennon, Hunt (Richardson 61), Morris, Clifton, Holohan, Khan (Simmonds 62), Kiernan (McAtee 61). Subs not used: Maher, Cropper, Green, Khouri.

Rovers: Mitchell, Williams, Anderson, Long, Knoyle, Close, Biggins (Clayton 77), Maxwell, Molyneux (Taylor 86), Hurst (Barlow 80), Miller. Subs not used: Jones, Faulkner, Seaman, Agard.     

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