Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Grimsby Town

Forest Green Rovers gave their play-off chances a boost with victory over fellow Conference Premier promotion hopefuls Grimsby Town.

Lee Hughes took just three minutes to put the hosts ahead after latching onto Marcus Kelly's ball to fire home.

Rovers grabbed a second midway through the first half when Kelly's corner was headed home by Eddie Oshodi.

Scott Neilson pulled one back for the Mariners after the break when his powerful shot smashed in off the post.

Grimsby almost grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time but Paul Green managed to head Andrew Boyce's last-ditch effort off the line.

The result means both sides lie just a point off the Conference Premier play-off places.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Gloucestershire:

Adrian Pennock

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Post-match: Forest Green's Pennock

"There's a cliché saying it was a game of two halves, but that really was.

"For entertainment and goal-mouth action it was a good game for Conference football.

"I thought we dug in and showed a lot of character against a very good footballing team.

"But it's only three points and we've got another big game on Saturday against Welling."

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told to BBC Radio Humberside:

Paul Hurst

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Post-match: Grimsby Town boss Hurst

"It's obviously disappointed when you lose a game of football - you're never happy.

"I think at half time I'm unhappy because we just seem to be second best at everything.

"My frustration is I'm looking out and seeing things happen on the pitch that nowhere in a million years I'm asking the players to do.

"It's hard enough coming here when it's nil-nil never mind been 2-nil down."

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