Valiants cruise to Mariners win
Published : 05 Sep 2009 17:48:29
Grimsby, whose manager Mike Newell is now under considerable pressure, saw their day made worse when Danny Boshell was sent off five minutes from time. The midfielder was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Lewis Haldane and Vale could even afford the luxury of seeing Marc Richards' resulting penalty saved by Josh Lillis. In a tedious first-half, Louis Dodds gave Vale a 43rd minute lead with a left-foot volley from six yards and Vale's victory was as good as sealed when Richards challenged debutant Lillis and Tommy Fraser's free-kick sailed over both of them and into the net in the 68th minute. Lillis atoned with his spot-kick save from Richards, but was helpless when Gareth Owen headed powerfully home from Fraser's 87th-minute corner and Lee Collins completed the rout in stoppage time after hapless Grimsby failed to clear Fraser's right-wing free-kick.