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Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Grimsby Town

Forest Green made it five wins in a row with victory over fellow Conference play-off hopefuls Grimsby Town.

Rovers went ahead when Elliott Frear fired in from Stuart Fleetwood's pass, although Grimsby quickly levelled when Kurtis Guthrie headed Nathan Arnold's free-kick into his own goal.

But late drama saw James Norwood net his 11th of the season to win the game for the home side from 12 yards out.

Forest Green climb to fifth, three points behind fourth-placed Grimsby.

Forest Green manager Ady Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"That's five wins on the spin now and that's different class.

"It's all down to the squad, not just the 11 players. The players who came in because of injury and illness shows it's all about the squad.

"We've now got to keep on this good run.

"I still believe from one to 14, teams can get a run together and get in the play-offs."

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"For large parts, it was a game in which both teams pretty much cancelled each other out. It wasn't a great spectacle in terms of quality, just two teams honest and willing to work.

"In the second half we had got on top of the game and we had two really good spells. They did hit the post in the second phase of a set-play but, other than that, we got on top of it.

"If anyone looked like getting the three points it looked like us, so coming away with nothing is disappointing. It's the first goal that frustrates me more than anything."

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Russell
  • 2Pipe
  • 4Clough
  • 26Coles
  • 10Kelly
  • 17GuthrieSubstituted forNorwoodat 67'minutes
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 19Sinclair
  • 18FrearSubstituted forKamdjoat 86'minutes
  • 20Parkin
  • 9FleetwoodSubstituted forMarwoodat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Oliver
  • 7Norwood
  • 12Kamdjo
  • 13Arnold
  • 33Marwood

Grimsby

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 6Magnay
  • 5PearsonBooked at 69mins
  • 22Nsiala
  • 35Robertson
  • 34JolleyBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMackrethat 64'minutes
  • 16Clay
  • 8Disley
  • 20Arnold
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 33PalmerSubstituted forHannahat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mackreth
  • 10Hannah
  • 19Parslow
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 31Watson
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
1,586

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home4
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Clovis Kamdjo replaces Elliott Frear.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Marwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Ollie Palmer.

  9. Booking

    Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

  11. Post update

    James Marwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Marwood replaces Stuart Fleetwood.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. James Norwood replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town).

  15. Post update

    Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers).

  18. Post update

    Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathan Arnold.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.