First-half goals from Alex Academy Alumni Harry Davis and Joe Grayson gave Grimsby Town, under former Alex academy coach Michael Jolley, the victory against Crewe Alexandra at Blundell Park yesterday.
Manager David Artell made 3 changes from last Saturday’s home win against Forest Green Rovers with Billy Sass-Davies and Harry Pickering coming into the back 4 for Nicky Hunt and James Jones (Ryan Wintle moving back into midfield) while Lewis Reilly was given a start up front for the injured Chris Porter.
The opening chance of the game came in the 14th minute with Grimsby right-back Reece Hall-Johnson having an effort from outside the area before the first Alex chances came from Charlie Kirk and Paul Green mid-way through the half.
The opening goal of the game came in the 26th minute as a left-footed in-swinging corner was dropped by Jaaskelainen at the feet of Davis to score from close range. Lewis Reilly had a free-kick that was saved by James McKeown before the lead was extended on 34 minutes with on-loan Blackburn midfielder Grayson whipping in a cross from their right which went in at the far post.
After a double-change that saw Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Jordan Bowery replace Pickering and Bowery, it was all Alex pressure as Tom Lowery headed a Kirk cross that was saved well by McKeown before a Perry Ng free-kick missed the target from distance.
Charles Vernam goes close with a deflected effort with 19 left to play for the hosts before Bowery has an effort saved by McKeown from close range before Kirk and Lowery are both denied by the Mariners number 1.
The fixtures for next season are released on Thursday 20th June at 9:00 am.
What have we learnt from this game?
It was a typical game for us away from home this season where we huffed and puffed but couldn’t quite get it over the line. McKeown made a few decent saves in the second period but Bowery and maybe Lowery should have probably scored from close range.