National League
GrimsbyGrimsby Town3DartfordDartford0
Lenell John-Lewis
John-Lewis has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season

Grimsby moved to within a point of the Conference play-off places after easing to victory over Dartford.

Defender Carl Magnay netted from close range after 13 minutes after Nathan Arnold's pinpoint cross, before the winger doubled the home side's lead just before the break.

The in-form Lenell John-Lewis scored from the penalty spot three minutes from time after being brought down.

Dartford stay in the relegation places after their eighth league defeat.

John-Lewis has now scored six goals in his last four games after hitting the net twice in Grimsby's FA Cup fourth qualifying round win over Guiseley last week.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"If hadn't have got the victory today we know what sort of comments would have been made so we knew it was important to win.

"We haven't quite managed to get into that top five but it extends the run that we are currently on.

"Once we got to 2-0 I thought we looked relatively comfortable but I would have liked to have got that third earlier."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 6Magnay
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Pearson
  • 3Thomas
  • 7MackrethSubstituted forPittmanat 82'minutes
  • 8DisleySubstituted forMcLaughlinat 88'minutes
  • 16Clay
  • 29Pell
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 20ArnoldSubstituted forHannahat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Hannah
  • 11Neilson
  • 18Pittman
  • 24Walker
  • 26McLaughlin

Dartford

  • 1Brown
  • 2Bender
  • 5BradbrookBooked at 33mins
  • 4McAuley
  • 14Mitchell-KingBooked at 86mins
  • 17CrawfordSubstituted forHayesat 63'minutes
  • 15Collier
  • 8Noble
  • 16Sweeney
  • 10PughSubstituted forHarrisat 63'minutes
  • 9DaleySubstituted forBradbrookat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cornhill
  • 7Hayes
  • 11Harris
  • 21Ibrahim
  • 23Bradbrook
Referee:
Ian Hussin

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamDartford
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away3
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 3, Dartford 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 3, Dartford 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

  4. Post update

    Craig Clay (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town) hits the woodwork with a left footed shot from outside the box.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tom Bradbrook (Dartford).

  7. Post update

    Craig Clay (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Grimsby Town) header from the right side of the box is saved.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pell (Grimsby Town).

  10. Post update

    Lee Noble (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Craig Disley.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Nathan Arnold.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Grimsby Town 3, Dartford 0. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  15. Booking

    Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Mathew Mitchell-King (Dartford) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Grimsby Town. Lenell John-Lewis draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

  19. Post update

    Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved. Assisted by James McKeown.