National League
GrimsbyGrimsby Town1LutonLuton Town2
Paul Benson

Conference Premier leaders Luton Town came from behind to beat Grimsby and edge closer to promotion.

Scott Neilson put the hosts ahead with his strike from inside the box but Matt Robinson levelled two minutes later.

Luton's Andre Gray dragged a shot wide and Grimsby keeper James McKeown made two fine saves to deny Robinson.

Paul Benson earned the Hatters all three points when he poked home on the rebound after a Scott Griffiths shot hit the post.

Luton are now 17 points clear at the top, while Grimsby are outside of the play-offs by one point.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst talking to BBC Radio Humberside

"I thought it was a good game, a proper game of football - two good teams.

"I can't ask much more from my players but one thing I can ask is I think both goals, to a degree, are self-inflicted.

"We had a chance just on half-time - Craig Disley thought he could have done slightly better and the keeper makes a good save but from where I was it's hard to judge until you really look back.

"I've said before you can't always tell from pitch level but it was a great ball in and we had some moments of quality. "

Luton boss John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was as good as we've been this season away from home.

"It did amaze me a bit that everyone just worked so hard.

"He [Paul Benson] leads the line unbelievably well. I was so pleased he got the goal.

"I want to build success - we had 3 kids in the midfield today, how good is that?"

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 13McKeown
  • 30Boyce
  • 5Pearson
  • 2Hatton
  • 3Thomas
  • 8DisleyBooked at 68mins
  • 11Neilson
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forHannahat 81'minutes
  • 4Kerr
  • 14John-LewisSubstituted forTounkaraat 70'minutes
  • 29Jennings

Substitutes

  • 27Fyfield
  • 28Tounkara
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 18Thanoj
  • 17Hannah

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 2Franks
  • 5McNulty
  • 25Henry
  • 12Griffiths
  • 43Ruddock MpanzuBooked at 61mins
  • 19McGeehan
  • 23RobinsonBooked at 34mins
  • 7Lawless
  • 27Gray
  • 26Benson

Substitutes

  • 16Justham
  • 15Rooney
  • 13Cullen
  • 6Charles
  • 9Shaw
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
3,789

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 1, Luton Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Luton Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Andre Gray tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

  6. Post update

    Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Andre Gray tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Alex Rodman.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town).

  13. Post update

    Andre Gray (Luton Town) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Lawless (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).