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All Square For Reserves Against Grimsby

22 March 2017

Pools grabbed a late equaliser in this afternoon’s Reserve Team fixture with Grimsby Town at The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

While Ian McGuckin’s side had dominated much of the possession, it was Grimsby Town who took the lead on 86 minutes and looked to have snatched the points. 

But a Louis Rooney goal in added on time grabbed an equaliser for Pools in this top-of-the-table match, which saw Carl Magnay complete his first 90 minutes on his recovery from cruciate ligament surgery. 

Rooney had the first chance of the afternoon on ten minutes when he saw a header deflected wide of target, while James Martin suffered the same fate with a pacy cross in from the right. 

Aaron Cunningham had a couple of chances on goal in the first half, getting on the end of two Martin corners into the box, while Jake Orrell curled a shot wide after good work from Connor Smith. 

For the visitors, Jamie Goddard sent a well-taken freekick towards goal which had Ben Dudzinski at full stretch to tip it over his goal and the lively Akeem Rose sent a fast-paced ball across the face of goal which went untested. 

Connor Smith finished the first half brightly for Pools, enjoying some freedom down the right but saw his own shot at goal go high over the bar. 

Goddard tested Dudzinski again early in the second half but the Pools keeper held the shot but from then on, it was McGuckin’s side who were on top. 

With shots fired in from Rooney, Jack Blackford and Jake Orrell, there was a strong spell of pressure from Pools but a combination of goalline clearances, the post, the bar and bad luck somehow saw the ball stay out. 

Rooney had another effort pushed away by Corey Briggs in the Grimsby goal before Josh Hawkes blasted one wide of target. 

Liam Travers, on as a late sub, got stuck into the goalmouth action for Pools in another spell that left Pools thinking it was not their day. There were chances for both Blackford and Travers but again, Grimsby rode their luck and somehow kept Pools out. 

And then with 86 minutes gone, the visitors broke towards the Smith and Graham Stand to open the scoring; Rose finishing from 6 yards to send the Grimsby players into celebration. 

But Pools kept plugging away and, with the 90 minute-mark having passed, Louis Rooney finally got his goal as he forced the ball past Briggs to make it 1-1. 

The results sees the teams remain tied at the top of the Central League North East table, with Grimsby having a game in hand over Pools – who complete their season at Chesterfield next Tuesday.

Full Time: Pools 1 Grimsby Town 1

Booked: Pollock (90)

Attendance: 83

Pools: Dudzinski, Magnay, Martin, Wood, Pollock, Cunningham (Fielding 60), Smith, Hawkes, Rodney (Travers 72), Rooney, J Orrell (Blackford 66).
Subs Not Used: Catterick, L Orrell. 

Grimsby Town: Briggs, McMillan, Davis, Lawman (Sesay 84), Hough, Keeble, Paul-Jones, Sawyer, Rose, Goddard, Burchell (Slater 71).
Subs Not Used: Warrington. 


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