A superb crowd of 225 saw a battling performance from both sides as Grimsby Borough ran out 3-0 winners against 10-men Winterton Rangers.
A subdued and chess-like first half performance saw few chances for both sides as Gary Kasporov and Deep Blue cancelled each other out. However the turning point of the tie came on 40 minutes when a coming together inside the Borough area saw Adam Lee sent for an early bath.
Borough came out strong in the second half, but it was 10-men Winterton who squared a couple of glorious chances. Then Borough with the extra man made Rangers pay when Caine Winfarrah netted on 70 minutes.
Just 11 minutes later Callum Lovitt doubled their advantage. Daniel Barrett and Nathan Collins men pass Marc Cooper the tin of gloss as he settled the Lincolnshire Derby with a cool finished five minutes before the end.
Borough Joint Manager Barrett was pleased with his sides application, “Obviously we are pleased with the points, goals and a clean sheet. We was probably lucky to not be 1-0 after five minutes but they missed a very easy chance.
“The game changed when they had a lad sent off, I know Rob is disappointed. The first half was a game of chess really and I don’t think either team really had a proper go.
“Second half was a different story and was a lot easier than I expected, obviously the first goal was pivotal and Winterton still created chances at 0-0.
“Our lads stepped up second half and when we pass the ball like we can we are always going to create chances. We look forward to what will be a very hard game Saturday.
Whilst Collins commented, “Really pleased with the result and even without the sending off I thought there was only one winner.
“The first half was a bit scrappy but I thought after the break we really upped the tempo and could have scored a few more, great to keep the unbeaten run going and onto another tough game Saturday!”