The FA Cup - Second Round
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Grimsby Town 2-0 Northampton Town

Scott Kerr

Goals from Shaun Pearson and Patrick McLaughlin secured non-league Grimsby's place in the FA Cup third round with victory over League Two Northampton.

Ross Hannah wasted Grimsby's best chance of the first half when he blasted over from the edge of the area.

But Pearson nodded home Scott Kerr's free-kick just after the hour for 1-0.

Jacob Blyth and Ian Morris missed late chances to equalise before McLaughlin had the final say, converting Lenell John-Lewis' pass in injury time.

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Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Post-match: Grimsby boss Paul Hurst

"We more than held our own today and got ourselves in front. I thought it would be a tight game and that sort of proved to be the case.

"We've had a couple of games recently that we've been asked questions and I think we have answered them on each occasion. That is pleasing because of the league we are in, there are a few teams that play that sort of way.

"We had some good bits of play and were obviously going to throw men forward."

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton:

"It was going to be a difficult game from the start. We knew that.

"We set out with a game plan to frustrate them, to stop them and to break on them. I really couldn't see any real danger, apart from a set play.

"It's just a really poor goal to concede. The game then changes, and you've got to change it.

"If we can get beat Bury next week, it'll be forgotten. But I'm deeply disappointed."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 13McKeown
  • 2Hatton
  • 3Thomas
  • 8Disley
  • 12McDonald
  • 5PearsonBooked at 38mins
  • 23Rodman
  • 4Kerr
  • 17HannahSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 89'minutes
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 11NeilsonSubstituted forColbeckat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Doig
  • 7Colbeck
  • 9Cook
  • 15Bignot
  • 18Thanoj
  • 20Southwell
  • 26McLaughlin

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Amankwaah
  • 3WiddowsonSubstituted forNorrisat 85'minutes
  • 17DeeganBooked at 26minsSubstituted forDemontagnacat 85'minutes
  • 18Reid
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 19EmertonSubstituted forPlattat 59'minutes
  • 34RavenhillBooked at 86mins
  • 25Blyth
  • 11Hackett
  • 8Morris

Substitutes

  • 4Carter
  • 6Collins
  • 7Demontagnac
  • 9Platt
  • 21McNamara
  • 24Toney
  • 33Norris
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
3,828

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 2, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Northampton Town 0. Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lenell John-Lewis.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

  5. Post update

    Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

  7. Post update

    Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Clive Platt (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Norris with a headed pass.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Ross Hannah.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

  12. Post update

    Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Ishmel Demontagnac replaces Gary Deegan.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Luke Norris replaces Joe Widdowson.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by James McKeown.

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ian Morris (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Reid.

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