A late goal from Grimsby Borough sent Nostell Miners Welfare back home along the M62 pointless and Player/ Assistant Coach Ryan Poskitt gave his expert analysis of the game.
“After preparing for such a big game all week, with a good training session I think we started the game sensational and the game plan was executed very well by all the lads.
“The solid base we set at the back lead by our captain Rhys Maynall and across the middle of the park made it hard work for a good footballing Grimsby side to break us down at any point in the first half.
“The driving run from Ben Teasdale was exceptional and set the tone for the lads in the first few minutes with just the finishing touch letting him down. It was also good to see our front three as a constant threat and prob should have been 4-0 at half time with the tie dead and buried! We had a good shout for a penalty when 2-0 up and also missed a good 2 on 2 situation.
“Joe Thornton is becoming an endless threat with his quality on the ball and took his goal really well. Jack Owen’s endless running gave the full back hell all first half and Danny Critchlow linked play well alongside Adam Hayton in the pockets.
“We as a team played all the right areas and really frustrated Grimsby who looked very disheartened going in at the half time break and if the referee had a little more bottle should have prob shown 3/4 more yellow cards with the endless niggles and fouls the home side gave after it not going all their own way.
“Sime (Simon Houghton) gave the lads a good half time talk and demanding us to stay solid and keep getting the ball to the front men as that was where the tie would be won. Unfortunately for us that wasn’t the case and in the second half’s opening minutes a routine catch from a corner by Brooky went dreadfully wrong letting them back into the game which really changed the game for us. We was then on the back foot and went into a shell and stopped doing what we did all first half.
“We then had a big change with Critch having to replace an injured Brook in goal not long after. Losing our central striker stopped us getting out and the equalising goal came from the head of a striker that in my opinion shouldn’t have been on the pitch with the continues fouls and on another day could have picked himself up 4 or 5 yellow cards.
“Credit to Grimsby who kept plugging away at us and had the majority of the play in the second half got there reward with a last few minutes winner. A very frustrating day for us in the end. The rewarding part of the strange fixture list this season see’s the return fixture in just 2 weeks where we will hope to put things right.
“Jase, Sime, Bally n myself will have a lot to get across to the lads in that time and have another hard game away at Worsborough next sat. We have a lot of positives to take from the game yesterday and will hope to get more points on the board next weekend!”