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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."

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 6Bennett
  • 5Turley
  • 3Stokes
  • 15Oshodi
  • 22Green
  • 24Kelly
  • 23BarrySubstituted forHodgkissat 87'minutes
  • 29Hughes
  • 7NorwoodSubstituted forAsafu-Adjayeat 90+3'minutes
  • 14TaylorSubstituted forRodgersat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 26Rodgers
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 21White
  • 9Wright

Grimsby

  • 13McKeown
  • 2Hatton
  • 30Boyce
  • 3ThomasBooked at 40mins
  • 5Pearson
  • 11NeilsonSubstituted forHannahat 81'minutes
  • 8Disley
  • 18ThanojSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 86'minutes
  • 4Kerr
  • 29Jennings
  • 9CookSubstituted forTounkaraat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 26McLaughlin
  • 17Hannah
  • 15Bignot
  • 28Tounkara
  • 23Rodman
Referee:
Adam Bromley
Attendance:
1,219

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1.

Attempt saved. Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Ed Asafu-Adjaye replaces James Norwood.

Attempt missed. Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jared Hodgkiss replaces Anthony Barry.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara tries a through ball, but Oumare Tounkara is caught offside.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara tries a through ball, but Oumare Tounkara is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Andi Thanoj.

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Jennings with a cross.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Scott Neilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Matty Taylor.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Scott Neilson tries a through ball, but Scott Neilson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara replaces Andy Cook.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.

Foul by Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town).

Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town).

Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town).

Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Hand ball by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town).

Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1. Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

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