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Wrexham 0-1 Grimsby Town

Lenell John-Lewis holds his nerve from the penalty spot to spoil Wrexham's 150th birthday celebrations
Lenell John-Lewis holds his nerve from the penalty spot to spoil Wrexham's 150th birthday celebrations

Grimsby Town spoiled Wrexham's 150th anniversary by beating their hosts at the Racecourse Ground.

Grimsby took the lead when Mark Carrington brought down Aswad Thomas in the box and Lenell John-Lewis tucked the penalty into the corner of the net.

Elliott Durrell's second-half introduction off the bench sparked life into a strangely subdued Wrexham.

But the Dragons' hopes of a comeback ended when Louis Moult was sent off for a late challenge on Craig Disley.

More than 8,000 fans had turned up for the match in north Wales, a huge crowd for a Conference game.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales: "To get such a fantastic gate and to play in the manner that we did for long spells of the first half was really disappointing.

"We came out and gave a better account of ourselves up until the sending off in the second half.

"We had Grimsby camped in and it's important you keep 11 men on the field.

"I didn't see what the sending off was for but on my understanding it was for a stamp, if that's the case we can't have any complaints."

Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Hurst on Wrexham v Grimsby

"I thought we handled the occasion well, with the exception of giving a corner away in the first 10 seconds.

"I thought we calmed the crowd down early on, got on the ball, played some good football and passed it quite well, and certainly looked a threat

"We missed a good chance through Jack Mackreth before we got the penalty and Lenny tucked one away very coolly"

Line-ups

Wrexham

  • 1Coughlin
  • 2CarringtonBooked at 27mins
  • 4Smith
  • 5HudsonSubstituted forHolmanat 87'minutes
  • 3AshtonBooked at 33mins
  • 6Clarke
  • 12KeatesSubstituted forDurrellat 54'minutes
  • 8Harris
  • 16York
  • 9MoultBooked at 79mins
  • 10BishopSubstituted forJenningsat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Durrell
  • 18White
  • 24Jennings
  • 26Hunt
  • 27Holman

Grimsby

  • 1McKeownBooked at 72mins
  • 6Magnay
  • 5PearsonBooked at 40mins
  • 19Parslow
  • 3Thomas
  • 7Mackreth
  • 4BrownBooked at 90mins
  • 16ClaySubstituted forDisleyat 21'minutes
  • 11NeilsonSubstituted forArnoldat 64'minutes
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 22Nsiala

Substitutes

  • 8Disley
  • 10Hannah
  • 20Arnold
  • 23Oates
  • 26McLaughlin
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
8,163

Match Stats

Home TeamWrexhamAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Wrexham 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wrexham 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Booking

Scott Brown (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Wrexham.

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town).

Neil Ashton (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Dan Holman replaces Blaine Hudson.

Foul by Wes York (Wrexham).

Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Dismissal

Louis Moult (Wrexham) is shown the red card for fighting.

Foul by Louis Moult (Wrexham).

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Connor Jennings replaces Andy Bishop.

Attempt blocked. Louis Moult (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

James McKeown (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James McKeown (Grimsby Town).

Wes York (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Nathan Arnold replaces Scott Neilson.

Attempt saved. Wes York (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Wrexham.

Corner, Wrexham.

Corner, Wrexham.

Attempt missed. Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Elliott Durrell replaces Dean Keates.

Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

Dean Keates (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Dean Keates (Wrexham).

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Joe Clarke (Wrexham) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Wrexham 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Wrexham 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Corner, Wrexham.

Foul by Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town).

Louis Moult (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Blaine Hudson (Wrexham).

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Dean Keates (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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