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Monday, April 05, 2010

Big Match Review - Grimsby 1 Northampton 2

League Two
Grimsby Town 1-2 Northampton Town
Friday April 2, Blundell Park, (Att: 6,482)

Grimsby suffered a blow in their bid for Football League survival as Adebayo Akinfenwa's winner moved in-form Northampton temporarily up to 5th in League Two.

Akinfenwa set-up the opener for the Cobblers after just 18 minutes. His ball finding Liam Davis in space to drill a powerful shot low across Mark Oxley in the Grimsby goal.

The Mariners responded though and got themselves back on level terms just before the break.

Michael Coulson receiving the ball on the edge of the box and doing well to hold off his man before smashing the ball home.

However, Neil Woods's strugglers suffered a blow at the start of the second period when young defender Oliver Lancashire saw red.

The Southampton-loanee was adjudged to have elbowed Billy McKay in the face during a challenge and ref Andy Taylor had no hesitation in sending him off.

The visitors made their numerical advantage count and midway through the second-45 took the lead once more. Akinfenwa connecting with a deep cross to send a back post header past Oxley.

Grimsby struggled to find a leveller and a first home defeat in six pushes the Lincolnshire club closer to relegation.

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