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Salisbury City 1-0 Grimsby Town
Grimsby Town 0
DAN Fitchett’s solitary goal two minutes after the restart has moved Salisbury City back into the play-off zone and secured their eighth Skrill Premier win of the season.
The striker, who netted against Grimsby in Salisbury’s famous FA Cup win almost two-years ago, continued his rich vein of form – securing his fifth goal of the season – by smartly cutting inside from Elliott Frear’s cross and smashing a left-footed strike into the roof of the net.
The goal brought the affair into life after a dismal first half and the tempo from either side increased.
It could have been two in quick succession for the hosts had Miles Storey not lifted his header over the bar from Ben Wright’s cross.
But the final 30 minutes was dominated by the visitors who stifled the hosts in the attacking third but lacked the finishing product.
Theo Lewis made two vital interceptions, making a goalline clearance and lunging to block Andy Cook’s ferocious drive. Cook went close again for the Mariners from an aerial position but a cracking save from Will Puddy kept his side in front.
Then end-to-end action saw Chris Doig smash an effort against the woodwork and Fitchett go solo for Salisbury, but was foiled by the long right-arm of Grimsby keeper James McKeown.
Four minutes of stoppage time were raised and McKeown plunged up front and had a couple of touches but they weren’t enough to earn the visitors a fruitful point, as instead, they suffered back-to-back defeats.
Victors Salisbury, into fourth and have only suffered once in their last 12 – coming at Barnet – has left Mikey Harris upbeat.
“I’m very happy,” he said.
“I think the way we have responded from the defeat at Barnet is fantastic. That’s seven points from nine now and on another day we would have got three points at Dartford.
“This group of players has got such a fantastic attitude, brilliant workrate and have the desire to win football matches. I think we made nearly 50 headed clearances and nearly 40 defensive clearances as Grimsby threw everything at us.
“We managed to stay resolute and hold onto the points. “We go to Cambridge with lots of confidence but understand the scale of the task.”
Salisbury: Puddy, Dutton, Wilson (c), Clarke, Frear, Kamdjo, Wright (Wellard, 82), Lewis (MacDonald, 74), S.Sinclair, Storey (McPhee, 63), Fitchett.
Subs not used: Feeney, Bittner.
Scorer: Fitchett (47)
Referee: Lee Swabey (Plymouth)