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Salisbury City 1-0 Grimsby Town

Dan Fitchett's strike was the difference as Salisbury saw off Grimsby in the Conference Premier.

The visitors edged the possession battle in the first half but failed to make the breakthrough.

That allowed the hosts to regroup at half-time, and they quickly took the lead in the second half when Fitchett rifled the ball in from three yards.

Andy Cook missed a glorious opportunity to equalise when he hit the crossbar from close range late on.

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Salisbury City manager Mikey Harris told BBC Wiltshire

Mikey Harris

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Post-match: Salisbury boss Harris

"I'm really, really pleased with the lads. This group of players has got such a fantastic attitude.

"Dan (Fitchett) is on fire at the moment. I think that goal was coming to be honest; we had a good spell at the end of the first-half and we started the second-half really well.

"I'm disappointed we didn't go on and get a second. They way we defended as a team, everyone put their bodies on the line."

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Post-match: Grimsby Town boss Hurst

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst talking to BBC Radio Humberside's Matt Dean:

"Frustrated, I think the game was there for us today. I thought we didn't play quick enough and didn't realise that the game was there to be won. First-half it was a little bit pedestrian, we had enough of the game for sure but at the end we were pushing but the goal just after half-time makes it an uphill task for us.

"Judging it from a neutral turning up and saying who deserved to win, I don't think you'll find someone who said that we wouldn't be at least worthy of a point but my frustration is that I don't think that as a group we saw the opportunity in front of us.

"I think from our point of view it was like when we were on the ball it was almost like a touch-touch stand and watch where we are going to play it and then play it. I think when you're confident and on form and you're flying then you step onto things and you know exactly where that next pass is we're just too slow in our play. "

Line-ups

Salisbury

  • 1Puddy
  • 5J Clarke
  • 16Dutton
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 6Wilson
  • 14Sinclair
  • 11Frear
  • 20Fitchett
  • 26StoreySubstituted forMcPheeat 63'minutes
  • 10LewisSubstituted forMacDonaldat 75'minutes
  • 15WrightSubstituted forWellardat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Feeney
  • 7McPhee
  • 25Bittner
  • 8Wellard
  • 23MacDonald

Grimsby

  • 13McKeown
  • 12McDonald
  • 2Hatton
  • 6Doig
  • 3ThomasBooked at 85mins
  • 19JonesSubstituted forRodmanat 59'minutes
  • 4Kerr
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 7ColbeckSubstituted forNeilsonat 73'minutes
  • 10HearnSubstituted forSouthwellat 85'minutes
  • 9Cook

Substitutes

  • 8Disley
  • 23Rodman
  • 11Neilson
  • 15Bignot
  • 20Southwell
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
1,313

Match Stats

Home TeamSalisburyAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home4
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Salisbury City 1, Grimsby Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Salisbury City 1, Grimsby Town 0.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Dale Southwell (Grimsby Town).

James Clarke (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) header from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Alex Rodman with a cross.

Corner, Salisbury City.

Corner, Salisbury City.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Dale Southwell replaces Liam Hearn.

Booking

Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

Chris McPhee (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Salisbury City. Ricky Wellard replaces Ben Wright.

Chris Doig (Grimsby Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Patrick McLaughlin.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Patrick McLaughlin.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town).

Brian Dutton (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

Corner, Salisbury City.

Substitution

Substitution, Salisbury City. Angus MacDonald replaces Theo Lewis.

Corner, Salisbury City.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Scott Neilson replaces Joe Colbeck.

Attempt missed. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

Ben Wright (Salisbury City) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Clovis Kamdjo (Salisbury City).

Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ben Wright (Salisbury City).

Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Salisbury City. Chris McPhee replaces Miles Storey.

Attempt missed. Liam Hearn (Grimsby Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Alex Rodman replaces Ritchie Jones.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Liam Hearn tries a through ball, but Liam Hearn is caught offside.

Corner, Salisbury City.

Corner, Salisbury City.

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