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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 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