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Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Grimsby Town

Chris Porter and Brad Walker marked their recalls with goals as Crewe boosted their League Two survival hopes with victory over Grimsby.

First-half strikes from Porter and Walker ensured the Railwaymen put a nine-point cushion between themselves and the bottom two with their second win in three games.

A lively opening saw Diallang Jaiyesimi thwarted by a reflex save from Ben Garratt after the on-loan Norwich winger latched onto a high delivery across the box from Ben Davies.

Crewe were ahead in the 12th minute as Porter netted his 11th goal of the campaign, converting Zoumana Bakayogo's cross following a powerful run.

Ben Killip turned away a fierce angled drive from George Cooper, who looked to have teed up Porter for his second with a pinpoint ball, only for the veteran striker to miscue his effort.

But there was no doubting defender Walker's connection when he doubled Crewe's lead in the 34th minute. Killip failed to get any distance palming away Cooper's free-kick and it was volleyed back over his head into the far corner.

Grimsby improved after the break, but could have been further behind when Cooper struck the woodwork with a left-footed curler.

Luke Summerfield's rasping strike, which flew inches wide, was the closest they got to reducing the arrears.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2NgBooked at 12mins
  • 4Walker
  • 6Raynes
  • 3Bakayogo
  • 14Ainley
  • 16Lowery
  • 28Grant
  • 11Cooper
  • 9Dagnall
  • 7PorterSubstituted forBoweryat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Bowery
  • 13Richards
  • 18Pickering
  • 20Kirk
  • 21Finney
  • 24Reilly
  • 27Stubbs

Grimsby

  • 30Killip
  • 2Davies
  • 14Osborne
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Dixon
  • 20JaiyesimiSubstituted forMattat 45'minutes
  • 7BerrettBooked at 56mins
  • 19Summerfield
  • 27DembeleSubstituted forHooperat 90+1'minutes
  • 25WoolfordBooked at 34mins
  • 21VernonSubstituted forCardwellat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Collins
  • 8Rose
  • 9Hooper
  • 11Kelly
  • 15Clifton
  • 17Cardwell
  • 29Matt
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,292

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Grimsby Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 2, Grimsby Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Jordan Bowery replaces Chris Porter.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. JJ Hooper replaces Siriki Dembele.

Nathan Clarke (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Grimsby Town).

Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by James Berrett (Grimsby Town).

Michael Raynes (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Harry Cardwell replaces Scott Vernon.

Attempt saved. George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ben Killip.

Foul by Karleigh Osborne (Grimsby Town).

Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luke Summerfield (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Hand ball by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

Attempt saved. Michael Raynes (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Nathan Clarke.

Foul by Nathan Clarke (Grimsby Town).

Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Brad Walker.

Attempt missed. Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Grimsby Town).

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Siriki Dembele (Grimsby Town).

Booking

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

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Berrett (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Callum Ainley.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Perry Ng.

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

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

Foul by Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 2, Grimsby Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jamille Matt replaces Diallang Jaiyesimi.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton26166462253754
2Notts County26148444261850
3Coventry26135828181044
4Wycombe26127746351143
5Lincoln City26127735241143
6Mansfield26111053829943
7Exeter2513393532342
8Colchester2611873527841
9Swindon25132103834441
10Accrington2412483830840
11Newport2610973530539
12Cambridge2610792531-637
13Carlisle2697103737034
14Grimsby2697102634-834
15Stevenage2696113639-333
16Crawley2696112531-633
17Cheltenham2687113338-531
18Port Vale2694132934-531
19Crewe2692152941-1229
20Yeovil2676133647-1127
21Morecambe2567122436-1225
22Chesterfield2656152647-2121
23Barnet2655162639-1320
24Forest Green2555152547-2220
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