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Posted Fri 24 Jul 15 at 07:47 AM

Tranmere came from beind to pick up a point after a 1-1 draw at Grimsby. Nathan Blissett's second half equaliser cncelled out Jon-Paul Pittman's first half opener for the Mariners.
Gary Brabin made one change to the starting line-up which began against Southport on Tuesday with Marlon Jackson replacing Andy Mangan.
Former Tranmere player Jack Mackreth was named on the bench for Grimsby.
After a bright start for Rovers, the home side took the lead on 9 minutes. A corner from the left was headed down by Omar Bogle, the ball hit the post before Jon-Paul Pittman turned the ball home.
Rovers had a chance to get back eve on 15 minutes as Jay Harris drove forward and fired in a shot from 25 yards which James McKeown saved low to his left.
Another chance came on 20 minutes when a cross from the right by Adam Dawson found Marlon Jackson in the middle but his powerful header was palmed away by McKeown.
On 33 minutes, Tranmere were forced into a change with Liam Hogan having to be replaced by Marcus Holness after a knock to the head.
A few half chances came and went for both sides as the hosts went in 1-0 to the good at the break.
Six minutes after the break, Rovers made their second substitution with Nathan Blissett replacing Adam Mekki.
A couple of minutes later, the on-loan Bristol Rovers striker struck an equaliser after Steven Jennings threaded a through ball to him, he slid the ball past McKeown and into the net.
On 69 minutes, Matt Hill kept the scores at 1-1 as he cleared a low driven shot off the goal line.
Gary Brabin's final change came on 71 minutes when Jackson limped off to be replaced by Lois Maynard.
A minute or so later, Dawson did well on the left and he cut inside and fired a shot which took a wicked deflection only for McKeown to make a good save to keep the ball out.
On 81 minutes, Scott Davies produced an acrobatic save to tip over Ben Tomlinson's powerful effort from 25 yards.
Grimsby pushed for a winner but could not break down the Rovers defence again as the spils were shared.

Grimsby: McKeown, Robertson, Gowling, Disley, Bogle, Monkhouse, Clay, Pittman (Tomlinson 71), Arnold (Mackreth 87), Nsiala, East. Substitutes: Tait, Pearson, Robinson.

Tranmere: Davies, Sutton, Jennings, Hogan (Holness 33), Harris, Norwood, Ihiekwe, Hill, Mekki (Blissett 51), Dawson, Jackson (Maynard 71). Substitutes: Turner, Mangan. 

Referee: Martin Coy

Yellow cards: Blissett (82), Jennings (86)
Red cards:
Goals:Pittman (9); Blissett (53)
Attendance: 4368 (144)

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