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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Sean Murray (47')
  • Charles Vernam (38')

Grimsby end four-match losing streak with draw at Colchester

Grimsby halted their four-match losing run with a 1-1 draw at Colchester.
Colchester keeper Sam Walker denied both Charles Vernam and James Berrett early on and Grimsby came even closer to scoring midway through the first half when Karleigh Osborne's volley clattered the crossbar.
Walker held Luke Summerfield's close-range header on the line, before Grimsby took a 38th-minute lead when Vernam clinically side-footed home from the edge of the area after Paul Dixon had latched onto substitute Scott Vernon's flick-on and picked him out.
Walker foiled Vernam again before the break but Colchester equalised less than two minutes after half-time when Sean Murray lashed in from the edge of the area, after Drey Wright had found him following substitute Courtney Senior's trickery.
Walker brilliantly denied Vernam, while Grimsby's Ben Davies wastefully headed Berrett's cross wide unmarked at the far post.
Wright's effort flashed inches wide for Colchester, for whom Sammie Szmodics ballooned a good chance over with 12 minutes remaining, as it ended all square.

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