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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 Swindon Town 34 +23 66
2 Crewe Alexandra 34 +22 64
3 Exeter City 34 +12 63
4 Plymouth Argyle 34 +17 62
5 Cheltenham Town 33 +22 57
6 Colchester United 35 +14 55
7 Northampton Town 34 +13 55
8 Port Vale 35 +6 55
9 Bradford City 35 +5 51
10 Forest Green Rovers 35 +1 46
11 Cambridge United 35 -6 45
12 Crawley Town 35 +1 44
13 Salford City 35 -1 44
14 Walsall 35 -11 44
15 Newport County 32 +1 43
16 Grimsby Town 33 -4 41
17 Scunthorpe United 34 -8 39
18 Leyton Orient 35 -9 39
19 Oldham Athletic 35 -15 38
20 Carlisle United 34 -17 36
21 Mansfield Town 35 -8 35
22 Morecambe 35 -24 31
23 Macclesfield Town 35 -10 30
24 Stevenage 35 -24 22