Grimsby Town (1) 1
Shaun Pearson 1
Plymouth Argyle (0) 1
Jimmy Spencer 60
Admission £20. Programme £3
Attendance: 6,866 inc. 1,900 away
James McKeown, Ben Davies (Andrew Boyce 51), Shaun Pearson, Danny Collins, Danny Andrew, Sean McAllister, Craig Disley (Brandon Comley 90), Chris Clements; Tom Bolarinwa (Jamie Osborne 66), Calum Dyson, 3Sam Jones.
Unused subs - Josh Gowling, Scott Vernon, Daniel Jones, Adi Yussuf
Luke McCormick, Gary Miller, Yann Songo’o, Sonny Bradley, Gary Sawyer, David Fox (Connor Smith 83), Antoni Sarcevic, Jordan Slew (Nathan Blissett HT), Graham Carey, Matty Kennedy (Jimmy Spencer 60), Ryan Taylor.
Unused subs - Ryan Donaldson, Oscar Threlkeld, Vincent Dorel, Jakub Sokolik.
As things unfolded, Portsmouth took the title on goal difference as the 'Green Army' saw their team held to a draw by Russel Slade's Mariners.
In the event, this evenings final whistle marked the first time that Pompey have occupied the top spot all season, in a title race that was regarded by many for a long time as a two horse race, between Argyle and Doncaster Rovers, who both claimed promotion several weeks ago, but let the Hampshire based team blind side them and slip past on the railings in the final furlong.
For the record, the final thirty three minutes of Portsmouth's 6-1 win over Cheletenham Town today, is the exact amount of time that they have spent at the top of the pile since August, evidently Paul Cook has a great sense of timing.
And lets not forget, at the outset of the current season, the Pilgrims were actually in 92nd place in the whole league for a couple of weeks, until they finally got off to a delayed start.
Argyle have won thirteen of their away games this season, yet as a mark of how close the margins are in this division, where any team can get a result against any other when push comes to shove, they were turned over by three goals to nil at Fratton Park by Leyton Orient, who have been relegated out of the Football League, along with Hartlepool United... unbelievable Jeff!
Which kind of illustrated the laid back tone of the atmosphere around Blundell Park at around 5pm, half a hour before kick off, although there was a big police presence patrolling the immediate area too. Not they they were actually needed.
What a great crop of youngsters the Stags had back then, it's a shame that they all had to move on elsewhere to make their mark in the game, while that wanker of a chairman Keith f***ing Haslam, not only anchored the good ship MTFC in stormy waters, but almost sank her as well.
Look! It's mandatory to use nautical punnery, when you're stood gazing over the main stand roof, at the tankers and car transporters over yonder in the Humber Estuary.
McCormick did however redeem himself with a great save from Jones around the half hour mark
And Pearson, the goal scorer, almost became the creator, when he picked out Calum Dyson with a measured cross, but the Grimsby number twenty nine couldn't keep his shot on target..
Half time came and the home side had been good value for their single goal lead thus far.
McKeown v Carey, was getting personal by now, with the Mariners goalie's performance verging on showing off at times, one save in particular, right at the start of the second half, must've had Carey wondering if McKeown had activated some kind of force field around his goal.
With thirty minutes to go and news filtering through that Portsmouth were scoring goals for fun in their final league game, the Argyle manager Derek Adams sent on Jimmy Spencer to make up a three pronged attack, with twenty nine minutes to go, that tactical switch had paid off, when Spencer sprinted forward and spanked home the equalising goal.
Spencer played Ryan Taylor through on goal, but McKeown pulled off yet another quality save to deny him.
Carey tested the defiant keeper once again with a sweetly struck free kick but was, almost inevitably, thwarted by the Grimsby custodian.
Disley was trying to get Grimsby to find some kind of rhythm again, but his team mates weren't looking anything like as convincing as they had done before the interval now.
Antoni Sarcevic went agonisingly close to finding the winning touch, that would claim the League 2 trophy for Argyle, but his header cleared the bar and the ball ended up in the Pontoon End of the ground.
FT: Grimsby Town 1 v Plymouth Argyle 1
Blackpool, Carlisle United, Luton Town and Exeter City, will now take part in the League 2 play off lottery to determine who takes the fourth promotion spot.
Oh well, time to go and find my family, I hope they have enjoyed the day out in Cleethorpes that I have treated them too today.
Generosity is my middle name.
|Man of the match Craig Disley. He played well, but I can only |
assume that the people who voted didn't know the goalies name.