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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Mitchell Rose (88' PEN)

Mitch Rose gives Grimsby first win of 2018 to ease relegation fears

Grimsby Town's first win in 21 games saw them take a huge step towards securing their League Two place for next season with a vital 1-0 victory over Chesterfield.
The Mariners' first success of 2018 - and since Michael Jolley took over the reins - leaves them seven points clear of their opponents, who remain bottom of the table.
Mitch Rose kept his cool, under the most intense pressure, to score a decisive penalty two minutes from time.
Given the magnitude of the game, it was a cagey opening 45 minutes but the visitors did enjoy a late wave of pressure.
Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown denied Andy Kellett twice in quick succession, before making a smart save from leading scorer Kristian Dennis.
At the other end, the recalled JJ Hooper might have done better after turning past his man and firing straight at Aaron Ramsdale.
Upon the restart, Grimsby skipper Nathan Clarke went close with a header from six yards.
A classic goalmouth scramble followed, with Luke Summerfield and Rose both being pegged back in the nick of time.
Chesterfield had forged the better opportunities before half-time, but it was a different story after the break.
Drew Talbot was penalised for handball late on, with Rose stepping up to send Ramsdale the wrong way, sparking jubilant scenes in Cleethorpes.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Milton Keynes Dons 21 +19 43
2 Lincoln City 20 +18 41
3 Colchester United 21 +15 38
4 Bury 21 +19 36
5 Mansfield Town 20 +15 35
6 Newport County 21 -2 35
7 Tranmere Rovers 21 +6 34
8 Forest Green Rovers 21 +9 33
9 Exeter City 21 +6 31
10 Stevenage 21 0 31
11 Swindon Town 21 -4 30
12 Oldham Athletic 21 +7 29
13 Carlisle United 21 -2 27
14 Northampton Town 21 -2 26
15 Port Vale 21 -3 26
16 Crawley Town 20 -4 26
17 Crewe Alexandra 21 -5 25
18 Grimsby Town 21 -9 22
19 Morecambe 21 -13 22
20 Yeovil Town 19 0 21
21 Cheltenham Town 20 -11 20
22 Cambridge United 21 -16 19
23 Notts County 21 -21 16
24 Macclesfield Town 21 -22 13