FA Cup Match Report: Bolton 1-0 Grimbsy
- Bolton progress to the 2nd round of the FA Cup following close victory over Grimsby
- 2nd Round draw will be made later today
Grimsby care taker manager Dave Moore may have seen his last game on a rather brisk Saturday afternoon at the Macron after failing to beat fellow Northerners Bolton Wanderers.
The Mariners were knocked out in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup in a 1-0 loss against the Trotters. This is Grimsby’s first visit to the Macron since the two last met back in 2001.
The League One title contenders looked comfortable in the first half with a few early shots by striker Zach Clough and soon enough ex Grimsby loanee Liam Trotter headed home Zach Cloughs corner in the 20th minute, making this the Wanderers seventh consecutive victory in all competitions.
Progressing into the second half, Bolton looked on edge as the Mariners gained more possession of the ball. A strike by James Berrett crossed from Danny Collins was denied by a brilliant save by Bolton keeper Mark Howard, but the Grimsby lads continued to attack Bolton’s rear-guard.
A yellow card was issued to Bolton’s midfielder Jamie Proctor for a dangerous challenge made on Luke Summerfield. Bolton boss Phil Parkinson later subbed Proctor for Keshi Anderson in the 65th minute, making that his first change to the team.
Despite Grimsby’s efforts to push the Whites, Bolton still came out as winners in a one goal result.
Following the game, Parkinson was asked if the team took their foot off the gas a little too much during the second half, and he said “it was a bit of both really. We have had a lot of disruption throughout the week with injuries."
He later told us that “Dave Moore deserves a lot of credit.”
“The Players have a lot of respect for him and you can see they wanted to send him off on a good note if it is his last game in charge. There was a great spirit amongst them”.
It is unfortunate for Moore not to have signed off his term as Grimsby manager with a win, but current Solihull Moores manager and ex QPR defender, Marcus Bignot is soon to take over the club.
Bolton’s draw for the second round of the FA Cup will take place on Monday the 17th.