Ruston Sports 3 Grimsby Borough Reserves 3
Saturday, 01 October 2011
On a scorching day in Lincoln the fixture proved entertaining fair for the watching public
Rustons started the game well and fully deserved to take the lead after twenty minutes when Woodcock picked up a loose ball, beat one man and finished well from the edge of the area. The fact that Rustons had taken the lead however sparked Grimsby into life and they equalized almost immediately when a mix up over a long ball between Rustons keeper Kemp and Warman allowed Grimsby forward Beecham an open goal to level. Grimsby increased the pressure after this and took the lead when Beecham crossed to Vatcher in yards of space in the box who finished well. In the build up to this goal Rustons midfielder Phipps had received an injury and it was his subsequent substitution five minutes later that cost the home side a third as Rustons switched off during the change allowing two Grimsby players to take a quick throw in and with all the time in the world a quality cross was finished really well by the head of Beecham for his second off the afternoon. At this point half time could not come quick enough for Rustons as Grimsby threatened to increase their lead and had almost all the possession.
However following the turn around the game was all about Rustons as their forward three of Stokes, Rigley and Bridge took the game to Grimsby and they deservedly got a goal back as the superb Stokes contested a long kick by Kemp which he won allowing him to finish well. Allough Grimsby threatened on the break Rustons then thoroughly deserved their equaliser as Warman scored from a Bridge corner with ten minutes to go. Rustons then threatened to win it with Rigley going close but in a tale of two half's a share of the spoils was probably deserved.