County Beaten By Late Goal

Notts County 1-2 Grimsby Town (National League) 05.02.22

Notts County fell to their second league defeat of the season at Meadow Lane this weekend and the second loss in succession, as the Magpies were beaten 1-2 by Grimsby Town.

It was the hosts who created the first golden opportunity to take the lead in the sixth minute. Cal Roberts’ header across goal evaded the reach of Kyle Wootton, yet due to defensive panic within the Mariners’ backline the ball returned to Wootton, which led to Notts’ number nine bundling the ball onto the post. Fortunately for Paul Hurst, his side were able to clear the ball away to safety.

Shortly beyond this chance, the Magpies were ahead courtesy of another trademark moment of magic from Cal Roberts. The winger collected the ball just inside of Grimsby’s half and ventured thirty yards, evading all attempted challenges before firing beyond Max Crocombe for the opener.

The early goal seemed to have sparked the visitors to quest for an immediate response and as a reward for their continued progressive efforts, they were awarded a penalty via the most bizarre decision likely to have been made across the country all weekend, with Kyle Cameron being penalised for an inch-perfect headed challenge. The responsibility lied upon Ryan Taylor to draw his side level. However, with Jaros diving in the correct direction, the ball struck the outside of the post, and the ball was cleared by the hosts.

Following the crazy decision, Notts County wasted the opportunity to increase their lead to two. A mistake once again across Town’s backline led to Roberts again baring down on goal. With every step towards decreasing the angle, a curled effort from the 24-year-old beat Crocombe but also beat the far post. The score remained 1-0.

The first half resulted in an eventful finish, which saw Harry Clifton fire an effort against the crossbar. Despite being under a high level of pressure throughout the stoppage time, the Magpies held on and went into the break ahead.

The second half began in the same manor the first finished, yet it was Notts County who had the first good opportunity of the half. Cal Roberts was at the thick of the move again as his through ball was met by a darting run forward by Jayden Richardson. The full-back’s low ball into the box was met by Kyle Wootton, whose goal bound effort was blocked by a defender in blue.

Despite this chance, the pressure from the Mariners continued to mount and due to this, Paul Hurst’s side found their equaliser.  A moment of superb trickery from John McAtee led to the midfielder drilling the ball across the Magpies’ penalty area to Ryan Taylor, who was on hand to turn the ball home for his redemption after missing the first half spot-kick.

Just as you thought the equaliser was more than enough punishment for a poor second half display from the hosts, the visitors bundled home a late winner in the closing stages of stoppage time.  Notts County’s struggles of defending set pieces came back to haunt them once again as a drifted ball to the back post was nodded back across goal into the path of Michee Efete, who flicked the ball beyond Vitezslav Jaros sending 2,500 travelling Mariners back home with their first three points on the road in nine trips.

A late corner from Notts was yet again wasted and was immediately followed by the final whistle. One point in nine for Magpies as the pressure really is beginning to mount.

Notts County: Jaros, Lacey, Taylor, Cameron, Brindley, Richardson, Brunt (Vincent 64), Palmer, Rodrigues (Sam 68), Roberts, Wootton.

Grimsby Town: Crocombe, Amos, Clifton, Waterfall, Efete, Raikhy, Sousa, Coke (Fox 46 (Wright 75)), McAtee (Abrahams 88), Pearson, Taylor.

Venue: Meadow Lane (9,305)

*Article provided by K-Ci Rennicks (Notts County Correspondent).

*Main image @Official_NCFC action at Meadow Lane as Notts are beaten late on.

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