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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:

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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:

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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.
Attempt saved. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.
Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Attempt blocked. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aswad Thomas with a cross.
Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).
Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.
Foul by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).
Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.
Corner, Grimsby Town.
Corner, Grimsby Town.
Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Aswad Thomas with a cross.
Foul by Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town).
Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 0.
Attempt blocked. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers).
Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.
Attempt missed. Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Luton36221135777
2Cambridge36181262966
3Alfreton3821413364
4Nuneaton38171011-161
5Kidderminster3717713258
6Forest Green36176131957
7Halifax37169121757
8Grimsby3416991657
9Barnet3816913557
10Gateshead37151111856
11Salisbury3716714-655
12Lincoln City39141114053
13Braintree33157111152
14Welling37141013452
15Macclesfield3615615351
16Woking3715616-651
17Wrexham3814816-150
18Hereford38101216-1542
19Southport3711818-1641
20Chester3891316-1940
21Aldershot37121213538
22Dartford379721-2334
23Tamworth378821-2632
24Hyde United381730-6610
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