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Alfreton Town 0-2 Grimsby Town

Grimsby kept pace in the hunt for automatic promotion with victory at struggling Alfreton Town.

Grimsby debutant Josh Gowling broke the deadlock midway through the second half, firing Jack Mackreth's cross into the bottom corner.

Mackreth then hit a post with an angled shot from the edge of the area and Alfreton striker Karl Hawley steered a close-range effort onto the crossbar.

Lenell John-Lewis headed home Craig Clay's cross to secure the points.

The Mariners remain three points behind league leaders Barnet while Alfreton stay in 20th, six points above the bottom four.

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Hurst on Alfreton v Grimsby

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I felt we started the game right and then it slowed a bit, but that was the problem.

"I think the lads felt like they were in control, but it was too slow.

"The longer it went on I did feel that our fitness and fresh legs would come through and again I think that showed."

Line-ups

Alfreton

  • 1Flynn
  • 5Graham
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 29PhillipsSubstituted forJohnstonat 78'minutes
  • 2Wood
  • 28Howe
  • 10Bradley
  • 12ShawSubstituted forThanojat 66'minutes
  • 11HowellSubstituted forIronsideat 84'minutes
  • 7Speight
  • 23Hawley

Substitutes

  • 4Courtney
  • 18Ironside
  • 21Thanoj
  • 25Lenighan
  • 27Johnston

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 19Parslow
  • 5Pearson
  • 8Disley
  • 35Robertson
  • 36Gowling
  • 7MackrethSubstituted forChapellat 89'minutes
  • 16Clay
  • 34JolleySubstituted forArnoldat 70'minutes
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 18PittmanSubstituted forPalmerat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Brown
  • 10Hannah
  • 20Arnold
  • 33Palmer
  • 37Chapell
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
3,327

Match Stats

Home TeamAlfretonAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 2.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jordan Chapell replaces Jack Mackreth.

Goal!

Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 2. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Clay with a cross.

Foul by Craig Clay (Grimsby Town).

Jake Speight (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Joe Ironside replaces Anthony Howell.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Jake Speight tries a through ball, but Jake Speight is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

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

Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

Andi Thanoj (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. John Johnston replaces Jimmy Phillips.

Foul by Anthony Howell (Alfreton Town).

Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt missed. Andi Thanoj (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Craig Clay (Grimsby Town).

Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Nathan Arnold replaces Christian Jolley.

Goal!

Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 1. Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Mackreth.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Andi Thanoj replaces Tom Shaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ollie Palmer replaces Jon-Paul Pittman.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Gregor Robertson tries a through ball, but Gregor Robertson is caught offside.

Offside, Alfreton Town. Jake Speight tries a through ball, but Jake Speight is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jimmy Phillips (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 0.

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