Date: Tuesday 13th
Conditions: officially "bracing" - cold wind, but clear skies.
32 mins Soames shot 0-178 mins Guy shot 1-1
Half time: Grimsby 1 Newcastle 0
81 mins Rowan shot 1-2
Full time: Grimsby 2 Newcastle 1
Tommy Craig said:
"Carl Cort came
through and played the whole game, as did Michael Chopra and Andy Griffin. They
needed a game under their belts because they're first-team material.
"In the first half we
didn't create a great deal but in the second half we created a number of chances
but didn't convert them.
"We controlled the
game but they scored one with five minutes left on the clock. It was
disappointing. It was our first league game after the Christmas break and we
didn't produce the football of which we're capable."
Newcastle began their 2004 Pontins League campaign on
Tuesday afternoon with a second defeat of the season at the hands of the
Mariners, who had battered us 0-3 at Whitley Park back in September.
And United only had themselves to blame, after pulling themselves back level
after a forgettable opening 45 minutes, only to see their defences breached
again in the closing stages of the game as they searched for a winner
Substitute Lewis Guy grabbed our equaliser but other chances were spurned by
strikers Cort and Chopra, while winger Alan O'Brien failed to test the home
defence down the United left and was withdrawn.
Also leaving the field early was Andy Ferrell, who had taken a blow to the head
in the first half and didn't reappear after the break - however he appeared to
have suffered no ill-effects.
Mariners in normal home black and white, Magpies in grey third
Orr 20 yard effort deflected for corner, which was cleared.
21 mins Mariners pressure as a near post cross led to a shot from close
range that Caig in the United goal proved in equal to.
22 mins still 0-0 with the home side having slightly the better of
things, winning the midfield battle so far.....
mins 19 year-old Grimsby winger David Soames cut in from the left
across the box and opened the scoring, beating Caig with a low right-footed shot
from around 15 yards for 0-1
39 mins Our
best chance to level as Brittain on the right centred for Cort to nod down and
Chopra put his shot over the bar from around 15 yards when he should have tested
45 mins First half ends - A scrappy encounter on a windy day, but the
Nationwide side just about deserve their interval lead.
61 mins Ramage headed over a left wing corner from Brittain.
66 mins A Griffin free kick was lofted foward and reached Cort who looked
to have an opportunity to shoot from an angle, but opted to play in Guy, who
failed to control the pass.
69 mins Brittain centred from the left again to Cort, who turned and shot
over the bar.
77 mins United attacked in numbers but Cort's shot was gathered
comfortably by the Mariner's keeper.
78 mins Lewis Guy reacted ahead of the Grimsby defence when put
clean through, shooting under the advancing 'keeper to level the scores. 1-1
mins Against the run of play, the visitors were caught out by a counter
attack and Jonathan Rowan ran on to a through ball before beating Caig 1-2.
83 mins Guy
was fouled on the edge of Grimsby box and Martin Brittain's quickly -taken free
kick beat the goalkeeper but also the angle of post and crossbar.
87 mins A great effort from Bradley Orr looking to have levelled matters
again, but his 30 yard lob was nodded of an unguarded goal line by a retreating
89 mins United's final chance went begging after substitute Caldwell's
long ball sent Chopra racing clear, but rather than shoot the striker elected to
pass to Guy who was in an offside position.