Date: 15th April 2007 at 12:52pm
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I arrived about half an hour before Kick Off and found the ground was very easy to find with signs directing us to the ground. It was also nice to see a stadium with so little police which showed there must be no trouble.

When I first got into the stadium it looked as though the travelling Town fans where going to be out numbering the Stanley faithful because with only 15 minutes to kick off the stadium was quite empty.

But by the time Kick Off came the stadium filled up nicely and there was a good atompsphere around the ground from both sets of supporters. The first 10 minutes of the game was very open with both teams having no real chances and it was just a time for the fans to find their voice. It wasn’t until the 32 minute until any real chance came. It was a Stanley one which was taken well by stanleys most capped player Paul Mullin. The Stanley fans did really well to get behind their team when they took the lead.

But Town, are known as the ‘come back kings’ so the other Grimsby fans and I knew it was far from over yet. Both Stanley and Town fans where singing there hearts out and us town fans where rewarded for our efforts with a nicely taken free kick that beat liverpool loanee David Martin and buried into the bottom of the Stanley goal. This then sent Town fans crazy, But after the goal the stadium seemed to quieten down with the odd murmer from the crowd. But then on the 44th miunte Gary Croft was said to of deliberately handballed on the line, much to the delight of Stanley fans and to the upset of Town fans. Andy Todd a cool penalty taker slotted away the resulting spot kick past Phil Barnes.

At half time it was 2-1 to Stanley.

With The Fraser Eagle Stadium being a small place I didn’t think there would be much to do at half time, but the Stanley guys did well and put on some good entertainment of a crossbar challange. Unfortunately the Stanley fan missed all three attempts, but did manage to hit another Stanley fan on the head with his second attempt so all was well. There was also a good range of refreshments for the fans to chosse from, so half time flew by.

But that may not of been a good thing in the eyes of the Town fans. In the second half Town might aswell of stayed in the changing room, they never got back into the game even with town fans trying to get behind them this time the Town fans weren’t rewarded. Instaed it was Stanley who where to increase their lead, with a well worked goal by Sean Doherty on the 55th minute. The goal silenced myself and the rest of the Town faithul. The Stanley Ultras on the other hand sung for what seemed and eternity; ‘we are staying up’ and with a performence like they had on the day, the Town fans couldn’t disagree.

To try and change things around Alan Buckley the Town manager tryed to bring on Gary Jones and put him up front to try and grab something back for the Marriners. But instead it was Stanley that struck again to really take it to the Marriners fans. Another well worked goal this time scored by Peter Cavanagh on the 88th minute which lead to the Town fans leaving early.

It was a great visit for myself to The Fraser Eagle Stadium and a good place to go for my first ever away game, it’s just a shame about the result.

Well done Stanley!

Thanks for Reading,
Ash – Grimsby ’til I die!

To read a full match report from this match written by Martyn Robinson, click HERE