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Grimsby Town 0-1 Wrexham

Joe Clarke effectively ended Grimsby's automatic promotion hopes as his first-half goal saw Wrexham hand the Mariners their first loss in 11 league matches.

With two games remaining, Grimsby slipped six points behind leaders Barnet, who hold a goal difference of plus 14 over them.

Clarke steped a challenge before firing home a left-foot shot from 20 yards.

Grimsby substitute Jon-Paul Pittman almost scored a late equaliser but his header flashed just wide of the post.

Wrexham are now unbeaten in four outings under caretaker boss Carl Darlington.

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Paul Hurst: Grimsby Town manager on their defeat against Wrexham

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst speaks to BBC Radio Humberside:

"It was a bad day at the office. The amount of things that were wrong was countless.

"I've got some thinking to do in terms of perhaps why that performance occurred and also now we know our fate in terms of if we are going to win promotion, how it is going to have to be achieved.

"It is frustrating but it is part and parcel of football. We've been on a really good run so I'm not going to suddenly throw the toys out of the pram. But that performance today was poor and there is no getting away from that."

Wrexham caretaker manager Carl Darlington told BBC Radio Wales: "The players... have really worked hard, they've kept to the game plan, the structure.

"First half specifically it was a great performance from us. We didn't lose our shape, we forced them into the errors we wanted to force them into, won the ball back and earned the right to play again.

"It was a great strike by Joe Clarke to score the goal, which came from good combination play... and we've had a couple of half-chances."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 6Magnay
  • 5Pearson
  • 8Disley
  • 35RobertsonSubstituted forChapellat 46'minutes
  • 22Nsiala
  • 7MackrethSubstituted forPittmanat 79'minutes
  • 4Brown
  • 20Arnold
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 33PalmerSubstituted forHannahat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Hannah
  • 16Clay
  • 18Pittman
  • 19Parslow
  • 37Chapell

Wrexham

  • 1Coughlin
  • 14Tomassen
  • 5Hudson
  • 4Smith
  • 25Stephens
  • 28StorerSubstituted forEvansat 78'minutes
  • 6Clarke
  • 24Jennings
  • 8Harris
  • 29FinleySubstituted forRoperat 89'minutes
  • 10BishopBooked at 77minsSubstituted forYorkat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Bachmann
  • 15Evans
  • 16York
  • 30Roper
  • 45Cartwright
Referee:
Ian Hussin
Attendance:
4,138

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamWrexham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Wrexham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Wrexham 1.

Corner, Wrexham.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Wes York replaces Andy Bishop.

Foul by Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town).

Rob Evans (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

Jay Harris (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Corey Roper replaces Sam Finley because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Andy Bishop (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

Foul by Andy Bishop (Wrexham).

Scott Brown (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Wrexham) right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Jordan Chapell (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jon-Paul Pittman replaces Jack Mackreth.

Substitution

Substitution, Wrexham. Rob Evans replaces Kyle Storer.

Foul by Scott Brown (Grimsby Town).

Sam Finley (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Booking

Andy Bishop (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Blaine Hudson (Wrexham).

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

Offside, Wrexham. Connor Jennings tries a through ball, but Connor Jennings is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Ollie Palmer.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wrexham.

Offside, Wrexham. Jay Harris tries a through ball, but Jay Harris is caught offside.

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town).

Kyle Storer (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Grimsby Town).

Blaine Hudson (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

Hand ball by Sam Finley (Wrexham).

Foul by Connor Jennings (Wrexham).

Scott Brown (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Anthony Stephens (Wrexham) left footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Wrexham.

Foul by Blaine Hudson (Wrexham).

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

Attempt missed. Jay Harris (Wrexham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town).

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