Promotion hopefuls Grimsby warmed up for the Conference Premier play-offs with a goalless draw against Braintree.

Both sides created early chances, with Daniel Sparkes going close from a free-kick for the hosts and Andi Thanoj shooting wide for the Mariners.

Home keeper Nick Hamann was kept busy early in the second half, saving twice from Alex Rodman and Craig Disley.

In a hard-fought contest there were six bookings, but despite 25 shots on goal neither side could snatch a winner.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

Post-match: Grimsby Town boss Hurst

"Overall I obviously changed it round a little bit but the important thing for me is I haven't picked up any injuries and no-one got sent off because at one stage the way players were getting booked that was a concern.

"I thought we started the second-half really well to be honest we had a couple of attacks, a couple of shots at the keeper at the near post and he showed good hands.

"One thing I will say is we're playing the form team there's no doubt. That's twelve games unbeaten for them (Gateshead) and hopefully they're due a defeat. "

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Braintree Town

  • 20 Hamann
  • 02 Peters
  • 03 Habergham
  • 05 Paine (Holman - 83' )
  • 19 Wells
  • 15 Massey
  • 26 Mulley (Daley - 74' )
  • 04 Isaac
  • 09 Marks
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Sparkes (Cox - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 01 McDonald
  • 10 Holman
  • 12 Daley
  • 22 Cox
  • 23 Laurent

Grimsby Town

  • 01 Hedge
  • 15 Bignot
  • 27 Fyfield Booked
  • 18 Thanoj Booked
  • 06 Doig
  • 12 McDonald Booked
  • 07 Colbeck Booked (Winfarrah - 78' Booked )
  • 08 Disley (Charlesworth - 61' )
  • 28 Tounkara
  • 09 Cook Booked
  • 23 Rodman (Southwell - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Neilson
  • 20 Southwell
  • 22 Charlesworth
  • 24 Walker
  • 25 Winfarrah
Ref: Justin Amey
Att: 1,489

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

4 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Braintree Town 0, Grimsby Town 0.

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Grimsby Town 0.

90:00 +4:05

Foul by Jordan Cox (Braintree Town).

90:00 +4:05

Jonathan Hedge (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:51

Attempt missed. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Cox with a cross.

90:00 +1:43

Attempt saved. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Luke Daley.

90:00 +1:05

Corner, Braintree Town.

89:45

Attempt missed. Dan Holman (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:02

Hand ball by Dan Holman (Braintree Town).

88:25 Booking

Booking Caine Winfarrah (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:22

Foul by Caine Winfarrah (Grimsby Town).

88:22

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

87:31

Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

86:42

Attempt missed. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

85:16

Foul by Andy Cook (Grimsby Town).

85:16

Dean Wells (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

84:46

Attempt missed. Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

84:07

Attempt saved. Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

82:48

Corner, Braintree Town.

82:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Dan Holman replaces Matt Paine.

81:32

Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

77:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Caine Winfarrah replaces Joe Colbeck.

74:40 Booking

Booking Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:34

Hand ball by Andy Cook (Grimsby Town).

73:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Luke Daley replaces James Mulley.

72:58

Attempt missed. Chez Isaac (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

71:53

Foul by Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town).

71:53

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

70:57

Attempt missed. James Mulley (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

69:11

Attempt missed. Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Colbeck with a cross.

68:36

Attempt saved. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Chez Isaac with a cross.

68:05 Booking

Booking Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:53

Foul by Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town).

67:53

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

65:31

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

65:31

Tom Charlesworth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

60:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Dayle Southwell replaces Alex Rodman.

60:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Tom Charlesworth replaces Craig Disley.

59:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces Daniel Sparkes.

57:24

Attempt missed. Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Colbeck with a cross.

56:41

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

56:41

Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

53:39

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

53:39

Paul Bignot (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

52:28

Corner, Braintree Town.

52:15

Attempt saved. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

51:59

Corner, Braintree Town.

47:16

Attempt missed. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

46:29

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

45:40

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

45:16

Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

45:16

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Braintree Town 0, Grimsby Town 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Grimsby Town 0.

43:26

Attempt missed. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

42:54

Foul by Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town).

42:54

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

41:10

Attempt saved. Alan Massey (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

38:54

Corner, Braintree Town.

37:50

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

37:50

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

34:06

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

34:06

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

32:04 Booking

Booking Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:52

Foul by Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town).

31:52

Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

28:23

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

28:23

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

26:45

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

26:00

Corner, Braintree Town.

24:59

Attempt missed. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

23:06 Booking

Booking Jamal Fyfield (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:53

Foul by Jamal Fyfield (Grimsby Town).

22:53

James Mulley (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

22:00

Offside, Grimsby Town. Andy Cook tries a through ball, but Andy Cook is caught offside.

16:32

Attempt missed. Sean Marks (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

15:57

Corner, Braintree Town.

13:22

Foul by Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town).

13:22

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

12:49

Attempt missed. Dean Wells (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Sparkes.

12:27

Corner, Braintree Town.

12:08

Hand ball by Andy Cook (Grimsby Town).

11:41

Attempt missed. Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamal Fyfield.

11:13

Foul by Matt Paine (Braintree Town).

11:13

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

9:03 Booking

Booking Joe Colbeck (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

8:52

Foul by Joe Colbeck (Grimsby Town).

8:52

Matt Paine (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

3:47

Offside, Braintree Town. James Mulley tries a through ball, but James Mulley is caught offside.

1:13

Attempt missed. Daniel Sparkes (Braintree Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

0:13

Foul by Jamal Fyfield (Grimsby Town).

0:13

Sean Marks (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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