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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 Crewe Alexandra 14 +9 29
2 Bradford City 14 +8 27
3 Newport County 13 +7 26
4 Exeter City 14 +3 26
5 Cheltenham Town 13 +11 25
6 Forest Green Rovers 14 +7 25
7 Swindon Town 14 +2 21
8 Plymouth Argyle 14 +4 20
9 Macclesfield Town 14 +1 20
10 Cambridge United 14 +6 19
11 Colchester United 14 +3 19
12 Leyton Orient 14 +1 19
13 Crawley Town 14 0 19
14 Grimsby Town 14 0 18
15 Northampton Town 14 0 18
16 Port Vale 14 -2 18
17 Mansfield Town 14 +2 17
18 Salford City 14 -6 17
19 Walsall 14 -9 15
20 Carlisle United 14 -10 14
21 Oldham Athletic 14 -10 11
22 Scunthorpe United 14 -6 10
23 Morecambe 14 -12 10
24 Stevenage 14 -9 9