City stun sorry Mariners in fine derby victory

Last updated : 22 January 2005 By Footymad Previewer

1st hat trick in league competition for the Imps sinces Gareths Ainsworths 3 in the 3-3 draw with Scarborough in his last home appearance.
It took a terrific hat-trick from fit again striker Simon Yeo sank Grimsby in a great derby at Blundell Park. Yeo hit the first following a knock down from Ciaran Toner, and then comfortably fired a second before the half hour to send the 1,500 travelling faithful into delirium.

However it wasn't as easy as the scoreline may suggest. Both teams were fired up and raring to go, and the game was fought at a frenetic pace throughout the 90 minutes with both teams spurning chances.

2-0 up at half-time and The Imps should have been cruising. However Ruseel Slades half time rollicking must have stirred a few of the Mariners players as Lincoln were soon pegged back by the 58th minute following goals from substitute Thomas Pinault and Stacey Coldicut.

However Yeo wasn't letting anyone spoil his day and the striker walzed straight upfield and netted the Imps third whilst the home fans were still celebrating getting level. Even more surprising was Yeo hit the third with his unfavoured left foot!

Even then the game was far from over until a defensive lapse by skipper John McDermott let in Ciaran Toner for his first goal for the club and Lincoln's fourth. Toner had capped a fine all round display to further cement his place in the City line up. With Peter Gain returning from injury it was just the thing Toner needed to stake his claim for a starting place.

There was no way back for the Mariners from this point, and in front of their biggest crowd of the season they were a massive disappointment for the fans. The Mariners have launched a "Keep The Mariners Afloat" campaign and this was the last result they wanted, and after a well-deserved goalless draw at Sincil Bank just after Christmas they must have been hopeful of going one better in the return. Unfortunately for them it never looked like being as they conceded four goals for the first time this season.

The Imps meanwhile, go from strength to strength as they sail on towards the play-offs for the third successive season.

With a fine 4-2 victory at the home of their nearest rivals, celebrations like these should be rife all over Lincoln this evening!