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Torquay United 2-3 Grimsby Town

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport at Plainmoor

Grimsby Town took their chances as they narrowly won a thrilling match at Torquay United.

The Gulls missed a lot of early chances before Lennell John-Lewis put the visitors ahead.

Luke Young equalised soon after only for Craig Disley to put Grimsby back in front on the stroke of half-time.

Aaron Downes headed an equaliser for the Gulls on the hour but John-Lewis's header crept over the line for the winner after Scott Neilson's cross.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"A great way to answer people and show the people that we are a decent team and that's what I have been saying from the start. There's still a long way to go but great to win hear for a few reasons really.

"One, the fact that we didn't really turn up against them at home for that first half when we lost the game. Secondly, the journey. It's a long way to come and travel back with nothing. That's nice for the fans also who made the long journey and it was great support yet again.

"I think we were the first team to win here. We keep racking these things up away from home and it was another impressive display and I thought we played some good football at times."



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Rice
  • 2TongeBooked at 35mins
  • 4Downes
  • 21MacDonald
  • 3Cruise
  • 7Briscoe
  • 8YoungBooked at 36mins
  • 16Richards
  • 11CameronSubstituted forOfori-Acheampongat 57'minutes
  • 9Bowman
  • 10AjalaSubstituted forChapellat 83'minutes


  • 5Pearce
  • 12Chapell
  • 22Wakefield
  • 23Seabright
  • 24Ofori-Acheampong


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 6Magnay
  • 12DoigBooked at 68mins
  • 22Nsiala
  • 3Thomas
  • 4BrownSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 79'minutes
  • 8DisleyBooked at 78mins
  • 19Parslow
  • 7Mackreth
  • 11NeilsonSubstituted forArnoldat 74'minutes
  • 14John-LewisSubstituted forOatesat 88'minutes


  • 2Bignot
  • 10Hannah
  • 20Arnold
  • 23Oates
  • 26McLaughlin
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Torquay United 2, Grimsby Town 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Torquay United 2, Grimsby Town 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Courtney Richards (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Cruise (Torquay United).

  5. Post update

    Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Grimsby Town. Rhys Oates tries a through ball, but Rhys Oates is caught offside.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Rhys Oates replaces Lenell John-Lewis.

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    Attempt missed. Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Toby Ajala.

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    Corner, Torquay United.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin tries a through ball, but Patrick McLaughlin is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Scott Brown because of an injury.

  14. Booking

    Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

  16. Post update

    Luke Young (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Nathan Arnold replaces Scott Neilson.

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    Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town).

  20. Post update

    Toby Ajala (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

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