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Grimsby Town 2-0 Morecambe

Grimsby enjoyed a successful return to the English Football League as they defeated Morecambe at Blundell Park.

Cheered on by more than 6,000 fans, the Mariners went ahead through Kayden Jackson early on.

Ben Davies made it two with a stunning free-kick midway through the second half.

Grimsby's Josh Gowling was dismissed for a professional foul, but it mattered little in the end as the hosts held on.

It was a frantic start from both sides, but Jackson helped settle home nerves with a calm finish on seven minutes.

And just seconds later, the Mariners could have doubled their lead.

Tom Bolarinwa and Scott Vernon combined as the latter prodded over Morecambe keeper Barry Roche - only to see Alex Whitmore produce a stunning clearance.

James Berrett also fired over as Town marked their return to the fourth tier with a dominant performance against the Shrimps.

After the break, Berrett went close before Davies settled matters with a curling set piece from 25 yards.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeownBooked at 81mins
  • 2Davies
  • 6GowlingBooked at 71mins
  • 20Boyce
  • 3Andrew
  • 16Berrett
  • 19Summerfield
  • 4McAllister
  • 18BolarinwaBooked at 43minsSubstituted forPearsonat 73'minutes
  • 21VernonSubstituted forBogleat 73'minutes
  • 14JacksonSubstituted forChambersat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Pearson
  • 7Chambers
  • 9Bogle
  • 10Vose
  • 11Browne
  • 23Jones
  • 24Warrington

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 2WakefieldSubstituted forMolyneuxat 75'minutes
  • 5Edwards
  • 16Whitmore
  • 3McGowan
  • 17FlemingBooked at 62mins
  • 24Rose
  • 9Barkhuizen
  • 15WildigSubstituted forStocktonat 45'minutes
  • 11Ellison
  • 20DunnSubstituted forTurnerat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kenyon
  • 7Mullin
  • 10Molyneux
  • 12Nizic
  • 14Conlan
  • 18Turner
  • 23Stockton
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
6,004

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 2, Morecambe 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 2, Morecambe 0.

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

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Chambers (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ashley Chambers replaces Kayden Jackson.

Sean McAllister (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rhys Turner (Morecambe).

Booking

James McKeown (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town).

Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Lee Molyneux replaces Liam Wakefield.

Attempt missed. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Michael Rose (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Shaun Pearson replaces Tom Bolarinwa.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle replaces Scott Vernon.

Dismissal

Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) is shown the red card.

Foul by Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town).

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby Town).

Liam Wakefield (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Summerfield (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Attempt blocked. Kayden Jackson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Rhys Turner replaces Jack Dunn.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Morecambe 0. Ben Davies (Grimsby Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Andrew (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Attempt missed. Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Andrew Fleming.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Josh Gowling.

Attempt missed. James Berrett (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Ben Davies (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Dunn (Morecambe).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11003033
2Blackpool11002023
3Grimsby11002023
4Yeovil11002023
5Accrington11003213
6Mansfield11003213
7Crewe11002113
8Crawley11001013
9Barnet10101101
10Cambridge10101101
11Carlisle10101101
12Cheltenham10101101
13Colchester10101101
14Hartlepool10101101
15Leyton Orient10101101
16Portsmouth10101101
17Doncaster100123-10
18Newport100123-10
19Stevenage100112-10
20Wycombe100101-10
21Exeter100102-20
22Morecambe100102-20
23Notts County100102-20
24Plymouth100103-30
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