The Spireites made three changes to the defeat at Bradford on Saturday. Phil Picken, Ian Breckin and Jack Lester came back into the side reducing Darren Currie, Dan Gray & Kevin Austin to the bench. The Mariners made three changes themselves Nick Colgan, Adam Prodlock & Adrian Forbes coming in for Josh Lillis, Danny North & Jean Louis Akpro.
It was a well matched game in the early stages with both sides seeing plenty of the ball perhaps the Spireites just shading it slightly. First effort was a Mariner one with Ryan Bennett shooting over the Kop goal. It was the Spireites who came back though with a lovely move involving Wade Small and Jack Lester who gave a chance for Derek Niven to aim one across the bows but not troubling the keeper. A slide pass from Donal McDermott fed Wade Small who's shot was superbly saved by Colgan. On 26 a mistake by the hesitant Paul Linwood placed Wade Small with an opportunity saved once again by Colgan as the Spireites added chances to their possession.
Finally the goal came a quick corner by Lowry saw Allot miscue his effort to fall neatly to DEREK NIVEN who sidefooted home with a deflection from Colgan into the back of the net. On 34 Phil Picken picked up a nose injury and had to change shirts. After Jamie Clark had fouled Donal McDermott, Peter Sweeney was the first name in the book for dissent. Moments later it was a Sweeney free kick which Proudlock headed saved by Tommy Lee neatly. On 42 a Jack Lester effort went wide of the far post of Nick Colgan.
On 47 Donal McDermott who seemed to cause problems all evening placed the ball to Lester who shot wide once again. Moments later and a Linwood header was saved by Lee as Grimsby tried to force their way back. On 52 the Spireites doubled their lead following a mistake by the young full back Joe Widdowson who allowed Mcdermott space and his little pass to JACK LESTER saw the striker finish with aplomb into the top corner for his third of the season. On 58 Akpo-Akpro came on for the ineffective Forbes, Small and Mcdermott linked up once again for a shot by the young Irishman saved again by Colgan.
On 63 a well worked free kick saw space for Bennett to fire over after a Sweeney pass. 68 minutes gone and the game was surely wrapped up with a Spireites third, Wade Small slid a pass through to DONAL MCDERMOTT and he slotted home right footed for this fourth of the season.
Moments later it was 3-1 though as a lapse in concentration allowed ADAM PROUDLOCK to turn and fire in from an acute angle a fine effort. As the rain started to fall a Akpro header fell kindly for Lee to smother at the far post. Gregor Robertson was then booked for persistant fouling. Mcdermott and Small were the thorns in the side of Grimsby and again another well worked move saw Mcdermott shoot over from distance. The Mariners however made things a little twitchy with a superb individual effort from PETER SWEENEY who fired a thirty yarder which hit the underside of the bar and bounced in.
With time running out the Spireites made two substitutions with Derek Niven and Wade Small being replaced by Dan Gray and Jordan Bowry as the fourth official raised four minutes on the clock. There was just enough time for Bradley Wood to knock a alleged back pass to Colgan which the referee penalised and awarded the Blues an indirect free kick inside the Penalty Area to which came of no avail, Nick Colgan was booked for protesting. The referee blew and the three points stayed in North Derbyshire.
Without the defensive lapses so far this season offensively we have been excellent especially at home. Its just that nagging feeling that although we might score a few sadly we can concede and the defence is not as rock solid as we would like. As John Sheridan states on a more than regular basis now that it's a training ground issue. The plusses tonight were the link up between McDermott, Small, Lowry and Lester who are each becoming a fear factor in League Two add Drew Talbot and every side above will look over their shoulders and wonder where the hell we are. Two goals tonight and one could have been avoided with a lapse in concentration as mentioned before, however the Mariners second was excellent, reminiscent of a Derek Hayles goal in a televised game against Charlton some moons ago. For the purists out there I know it was in a different netting but forgive me because you get my drift. I'm not certain we'll see a better opposition goal at Saltergate ever again.