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Grimsby Town 2-1 Chester

Grimsby consolidated their Conference Premier play-off place with victory over relegation-threatened Chester.

Oumare Tounkara opened the scoring when he slotted the ball past Aaron Chapman.

Grimsby missed the chance to double their lead when Scott Nielson saw his penalty saved by Chapman, but substitute Andy Cook finally made it 2-0 with a close-range finish.

James Caton scored an injury-time consolation for the visitors from a tight angle.

Third-placed Grimsby now look set for a play-off place as they sit five points clear of sixth-placed Braintree.

Chester, however, are now just one point above the Conference Premier relegation zone.

Grimsby Town boss Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

Paul Hurst

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Post-match: Grimsby boss Hurst on Chester win

"I think it was deserved. Second-half at 1-0 it starts to get a little bit nervy and then we make it 2-0 thanks to Andy Cook and then they get a fortunate goal but it still makes it a nervous last couple of minutes.

"It was a good atmosphere and it helps admittedly when we get an away following which is one of the few times that we do.

"I'm certainly not counting my chickens in terms of a play-off place."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 13McKeown
  • 30Boyce
  • 5Pearson
  • 2Hatton
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forWinfarrahat 87'minutes
  • 11Neilson
  • 26McLaughlinBooked at 65mins
  • 8Disley
  • 4Kerr
  • 29JenningsSubstituted forThanojat 80'minutes
  • 28TounkaraSubstituted forCookat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Cook
  • 12McDonald
  • 18Thanoj
  • 25Winfarrah
  • 17Hannah

Chester

  • 31Chapman
  • 2KayBooked at 59mins
  • 17Brown
  • 30Griffin
  • 10Ashworth
  • 12TurnerSubstituted forCatonat 46'minutes
  • 24Rooney
  • 16BondSubstituted forSeddonat 65'minutes
  • 8JarrettBooked at 77mins
  • 21Mahon
  • 7HobsonBooked at 47minsSubstituted forCarltonat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 26Carlton
  • 29Caton
  • 5Linwood
  • 1Danby
  • 19Seddon
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
4,174

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamChester
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 1.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 1. James Caton (Chester FC) right footed shot from long range on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by James Caton with a cross.

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

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

Foul by Andy Cook (Grimsby Town).

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Caine Winfarrah replaces Alex Rodman.

Corner, Chester FC.

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 0. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Neilson with a cross.

Attempt saved. James Caton (Chester FC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

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

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Andi Thanoj replaces Connor Jennings.

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

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Booking

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Chester FC.

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

Foul by James Caton (Chester FC).

Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Andy Cook replaces Oumare Tounkara.

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Chester FC.

Substitution

Substitution, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon replaces Andrew Bond.

Booking

Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town).

James Caton (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

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