FA Cup - First Round
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Grimsby Town 1-3 Oxford United

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FA Cup: Grimsby Town 1-3 Oxford United

Teenage striker James Roberts marked his first start for Oxford with two goals as they cruised into round two of the FA Cup at blustery Blundell Park.

Lenell John-Lewis hit the post with a left-foot shot as Grimsby, unbeaten in seven games, made a bright start.

Roberts found the corner after cutting in from the left and tapped in another after Alfie Potter's shot was saved.

Danny Rose sealed the win when Grimsby failed to clear a cross before Shaun Pearson hooked in a late consolation.

A tight game looked on the cards in the first meeting between the two sides since 2005, with Oxford 19th in League Two and the Mariners second in the Conference.

The visitors, who reached the third round last season, went into the game without top scorer Danny Hylton, suspended after collecting five bookings, but had too much quality for Grimsby after Roberts had put them in front.

John-Lewis was booked for diving after going down in the box shortly after Rose's goal, but Pearson spoiled Oxford's hopes of a clean sheet after Jon-Paul Pittman's cross was headed down, his second goal of the season.

Grimsby boss Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Hurst on Grimsby Town v Oxford

"Disappointed to lose of course and get knocked out. Unfortunately, it was almost like we were nervous, a bit overawed and in the first half we weren't good enough.

"We didn't play the conditions either, but credit to Oxford.

"I just felt we didn't seem to get close to them, maybe dropped off a little bit deep. There were some things that were pointed out at half-time that I wasn't happy with.

"At two-nil it's difficult, but I still felt we had half a chance with the wind behind us - but the third goal killed it. Overall I have to say that Oxford were the better team. "

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 19Parslow
  • 22NsialaBooked at 68mins
  • 5Pearson
  • 3Thomas
  • 7Mackreth
  • 8DisleySubstituted forMcLaughlinat 59'minutes
  • 16Clay
  • 20ArnoldSubstituted forNeilsonat 64'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 18Pittman
  • 14John-LewisBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHannahat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bignot
  • 10Hannah
  • 11Neilson
  • 12Doig
  • 15Humble
  • 24Walker
  • 26McLaughlin

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 25RileySubstituted forMeadesat 75'minutes
  • 5Mullins
  • 6Wright
  • 34Holmes-Dennis
  • 15O'DowdaSubstituted forBarnettat 85'minutes
  • 16Whing
  • 7Rose
  • 11Potter
  • 31RobertsSubstituted forBrownat 85'minutes
  • 29Howard

Substitutes

  • 2Meades
  • 8Brown
  • 14Ruffels
  • 19Collins
  • 21Crocombe
  • 22Long
  • 27Barnett
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
3,241

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 1, Oxford United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Oxford United 3.

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town).

Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Tyrone Barnett replaces Callum O'Dowda.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Junior Brown replaces James Roberts.

Booking

Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town).

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Oxford United 3. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Clay.

Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Oxford United).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jonathan Meades replaces Joe Riley.

Foul by Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town).

Brian Howard (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Lenell John-Lewis.

Booking

Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town).

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Scott Neilson replaces Nathan Arnold.

Attempt missed. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Brian Howard (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Craig Disley.

Attempt missed. Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town).

Andrew Whing (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Booking

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card.

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt blocked. Brian Howard (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Oxford United 3. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

goal

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