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Braintree Town 0-1 Grimsby Town

Lennell John-Lewis

Lenell John-Lewis scored the only goal as Grimsby climbed from seventh to second in the Conference table.

The striker finished well to score his ninth goal of the season midway through the second half after the ball dropped to him in the area.

John-Lewis had been denied a first-half opener by Braintree keeper Nick Hamann, who also saved from Craig Clay.

Grimsby are now unbeaten in six league matches but mid-table Braintree have not won for nine league games.

Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It's about time. Hopefully that can be a sign that this season might end differently for us. Obviously a long way to go but ultimately it was nice to come here and I think that's the best the pitch has been which helps.

"For me that's a great victory and one that is a sign that you've got a chance of doing very well, because for anyone who watched this game tonight and thought it was going to be a classic, it was never going to be that.

"Sometimes fans are quite close to you on that dugout and one or two were getting a bit uptight with some passes that went astray and things like that but ultimately it was about us being nice and solid and I don't think we looked like conceding."

Line-ups

Braintree

  • 1Hamann
  • 2Brundle
  • 21Sowunmi
  • 6Massey
  • 3Habergham
  • 7WalkerBooked at 32mins
  • 26MulleySubstituted forCoxat 82'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Paine
  • 4IsaacSubstituted forStruttonat 69'minutes
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forDavisat 68'minutes
  • 9Marks

Substitutes

  • 8Davis
  • 10Strutton
  • 15Akinola
  • 18Cox
  • 29Pentney

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 6MagnayBooked at 70minsSubstituted forBignotat 90+5'minutes
  • 22NsialaBooked at 36mins
  • 5Pearson
  • 3Thomas
  • 16Clay
  • 8DisleyBooked at 40mins
  • 29PellBooked at 57mins
  • 7MackrethSubstituted forPittmanat 85'minutes
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 20ArnoldBooked at 14mins

Substitutes

  • 2Bignot
  • 10Hannah
  • 11Neilson
  • 18Pittman
  • 26McLaughlin
Referee:
Christopher Powell
Attendance:
875

Match Stats

Home TeamBraintreeAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home1
Away5
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Braintree Town 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Braintree Town 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Paul Bignot replaces Carl Magnay because of an injury.

Booking

Jordan Cox (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Harry Pell (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Sam Habergham (Braintree Town).

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

Omar Sowunmi (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town).

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jon-Paul Pittman replaces Jack Mackreth.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Jordan Cox replaces James Mulley.

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

Harry Pell (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town).

Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Omar Sowunmi (Braintree Town).

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

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

Omar Sowunmi (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Braintree Town.

Foul by Craig Clay (Grimsby Town).

Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Omar Sowunmi (Braintree Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

Charlie Strutton (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Booking

Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

Foul by Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town).

Alan Massey (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Charlie Strutton replaces Chez Isaac.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Kenny Davis replaces Dan Sparkes.

Goal!

Goal! Braintree Town 0, Grimsby Town 1. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Sean Marks (Braintree Town).

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town).

Sam Habergham (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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