Borough Start With Victory
Grimsby Borough scored a stoppage time penalty as they defeated NCEL new boys Ollerton 3-2 at Bradley.
Grimsby Borough opened their NCEL Div 1 season at a sun baked Bradley FDC against league new boys Ollerton Town. Andy and Barrett had a number players unavailable for the fixture including Briggs, Hanslip and Cooper having work/holiday commitments. Farr, Ashton and Fanthorpe injured and Louis Grant suspended.
It was obvious Ollerton arrived with their tales up and looking to put a stamp at this new level of football and indeed this early enthusiasm saw them start the better of the 2 sides. With just 5 minutes on the clock and ambitious overhead kick from just inside the box from Ludlow thundered off the crossbar.
Boro weathered the early attacks with Summers and Grant in the thick of the action in the opening stages dealing with the aerial bombardment of Ollerton. Grimsby Boro began to see more of the ball. Debnam got in down the right a few times into good crossing positions and Bradbury's pull back couldn't pick anyone out after some excellent footwork.
It was J.Flint who forced a corner on 20 minutes twisting the full back Cooke inside out. Debnam played the corner short to A.Drury who no one had picked up. Drury swung a shot come cross from the left that may have found its way in however Will Peers was there to glance a header in to make sure and score on his competitive debut.
Boro were almost immediately pegged back but Bingham's shot easily cleared the bar. Ollerton were rueing that miss minutes later when the move of the game doubled Grimsby Borough's lead. Starting at right back, Adam Drury played it into G.Flint up top who set it back to the full back, the full back continued his run and exchanged a one two with Peers before feeding a delightful disguised pass through the back 4 for the oncoming full back Petronzio who had timed his run into the box with perfection and finished superbly passed Saxby in the Ollerton goal.
The Wilderness Boys could have put the game out of site when a similar passing move involving J.Flint and Mitchell saw G.Flint in on goal but Saxby got down to his right sharply to deny the number 9 his first goal. With half time approaching Stretton fired a warning shot to Boro when his brilliant strike from 25 yard strike smashed off the upright.
HT Boro 2-0 Ollerton
The second half started with the next goal being the all-important one. It should have gone the way of Boro but J.Flint was off target from from a 1v1 with a slight angle after again some good build up play involving Peers, Debnam and A. Drury. Ollerton began to dominate the midfield and Bingham should perhaps of done better but his 1v1 attempt from the angle was off target with Ollerton players in good positions in the box.
Bingham was causing Boro problems and again on 60 minutes he had a shot from 20 yards that went narrowly wide. Ludlow's looping header was comfortable for Drury in the Boro net but Ollerton were looking threatening.
Minutes later 'The Town' got the goal they deserved and the first in their NCEL history and it was fittingly Bingham. He ghosted in between Summers and A.Drury and lifted the ball over the advancing Scott Drury into the top of the net- Game on!
Ollerton's momentum was slightly hampered in the 70th just minutes later as Bowring stupidly picked up a second yellow which rather summed up his performance and got his marching orders. However it was Ollerton who continued to look more dangerous going forward even though Boro began to see more of the ball. The wilderness boys appeared to have thrown it away on 80 minutes as Dockwrays easily beat J. Flint on the edge of the box to seeming toe poke a shot over Scott Drury and into the top corner of the net.
Grimsby Borough's 2 goal lead had been cancelled out and time was running out for them to take maximum points from season opener. Boro threw on Hamilton and Emson with a little under 10 to play. Bradbury had a good chance from the left as he cut in on his right foot but Saxby got down smartly to his near post. Ollerton had the next chance to win it. Bingham was slid in but his rasping effort was tipped over by Drury. Both teams not willing to settle for a point!
There was just enough time for 1 more moment of brilliance and that man Bradbury was to provide it in stoppage time. He bobbed and weaved in from the left twisting the blood of the Ollerton right back and centre half before being brought down inside the box. The referee, who had a fantastic game himself had no option but to aware Boro a penalty in the 93rd minute.
Skipper Jason Flint stepped up to emphatically dispatch the spot kick and give Grimsby Borough all 3 points.
Man of the match – Adam Drury
A draw would have probably been fair in reflection and Ollerton will undoubtably hold their own at this level. Boro take a break from league action Tuesday as they head to Garforth of the Premier Division in the NCEL Cup.