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Wrexham 0-1 Grimsby Town

Paddy McLaughlin

Grimsby completed the double over Wrexham to move into the Conference Premier play-off places.

Paddy McLaughlin's right-footed shot beat Andy Coughlin for the game's only goal.

Wrexham were restricted to one first-half effort with James McKeown saving with his legs to deny Johnny Hunt's header.

Joe Anyinsah and Hunt went close before Joe Clarke had a header cleared off the line in the final minutes.

But a well-organised Grimsby held on for win which moves them up to third in the table, while Wrexham are still seeking their first win under new manager Kevin Wilkin.

Wrexham manager Kevin Wilkin told BBC Radio Wales: "Again we started the game slowly. I knew Grimsby would come out and want to get right in our faces and have a bit of a go at us.

"As the game moved on we grew in confidence and in the second half we started getting hold of the ball up-front and it made a big difference to what we're about.

"We just need one or two of those breaks to go for you now just to turn the situation we found ourselves.

"But it gives me heart, the attitude that they showed. People are showing the endeavour."

Grimsby boss Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I'd like to get another goal to make it a bit more comfortable, but overall three clean sheets is a fantastic achievement.

"I felt we had the upper-hand in the first period but second half we had spells, but they obviously threw men forward.

"They're in a position where they've not got much to lose and trying to impress the new manager, but in general I felt we were pretty comfortable.

"We said tonight this was our opportunity so let's grab that, get in the top five and from then on the aim is obviously to stay in there. "

Line-ups

Wrexham

  • 13Coughlin
  • 5Livesey
  • 2WrightBooked at 84mins
  • 3Ashton
  • 26Anyinsah
  • 29Carrington
  • 8Harris
  • 16Hunt
  • 12Keates
  • 6Clarke
  • 9BishopSubstituted forOrmerodat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 28Artell
  • 14Tomassen
  • 1Mayebi
  • 10Ormerod
  • 17Clowes

Grimsby

  • 13McKeown
  • 2HattonBooked at 66mins
  • 30Boyce
  • 5Pearson
  • 3Thomas
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 23Rodman
  • 8Disley
  • 18Thanoj
  • 17HannahSubstituted forJenningsat 75'minutes
  • 14John-LewisSubstituted forTounkaraat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 29Jennings
  • 11Neilson
  • 12McDonald
  • 28Tounkara
  • 7Colbeck
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
2,019

Match Stats

Home TeamWrexhamAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home4
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wrexham 0, Grimsby Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wrexham 0, Grimsby Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Wrexham.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town).

  5. Post update

    Mark Carrington (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara tries a through ball, but Oumare Tounkara is caught offside.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara replaces Lenell John-Lewis.

  8. Booking

    Stephen Wright (Wrexham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Wright (Wrexham).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Danny Livesey (Wrexham).

  12. Post update

    Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Wrexham. Brett Ormerod replaces Andy Bishop.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town).

  15. Post update

    Jay Harris (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Clarke (Wrexham) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

  18. Post update

    Jay Harris (Wrexham) wins a free kick.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Connor Jennings replaces Ross Hannah.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joe Clarke (Wrexham).