2014/15 Season Opener Ends Goalless
|Saturday 9 August 2014 - Kick Off 12:45 pm|
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Bristol Rovers started life in the the newly-named Vanarama Conference with a 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town. A crowd of 7,019 at the Memorial Ground saw two of the favourites for the title struggle to carve out any clear-cut chances in the first half.
However, both sides had opportunities to win the game in the second half, former Forest Green striker Matty Taylor had the best chance for the home side when he ran through on goal, but his drive was saved by the legs of keeper James McKeown.
The Mariners` best opportunity of the game came when striker Lenell John-Lewis hit his far post effort wide after the ball fell to him following a Craig Disley effort that was blocked on the line.
Grimsby boss Paul Hurst would have left the game the most satisfied out of the two managers, Hurst was without six players through injury or suspension.
Rovers (3-5-2): Mildenhall; Lockyer, McChrystal, Parkes; Leadbitter (Gosling, 67), Sinclair, Monkhouse (Clarke, 72), Mansell, Brown; Brunt (White, 80), Taylor. Subs: Preston, Harrison.
Grimsby Town (4-4-2): McKeown; Magnay, Doig, Boyce, Thomas; Mackreth, Disley, Brown, McLaughlin; John-Lewis, Connell (Clay, 87). Subs: Bignot, Humble, Clay, Winfarrah, Bemrose.