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Grimsby Town 0-1 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers closed the gap on Conference leaders Barnet with a narrow victory over Grimsby Town.

Tom Lockyer scored the winner in the second half, finding the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

The Pirates missed the opportunity to take the lead earlier, as Matt Taylor struck the post with a penalty.

Lenell John-Lewis missed Grimsby's only meaningful effort, as Rovers cut Barnet's lead at the top to four points after the Bees lost at Wrexham.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"As I predicted there was not much in it, very little really.

"Ultimately they got the all-important goal. We've been beaten by a good side who are on a excellent run.

"They're very well organised, they know their jobs and are willing to not get carried away with individual performances and work as a team.

"I don't mean any disrespect to Bristol Rovers but I said I would have been surprised if they totally outplayed us and I don't think that was the case."

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm delighted with our performance. I thought we edged the game if I'm being honest.

"We created more chances against a very good Grimsby team.

"I think we deserved to win. You could have come in at half-time after missing a penalty and be mentally weak.

"But we didn't. We just pushed it aside. They're a mentally strong group."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeownBooked at 40mins
  • 6MagnayBooked at 26mins
  • 5Pearson
  • 22NsialaBooked at 71mins
  • 35RobertsonBooked at 85minsSubstituted forWatsonat 85'minutes
  • 7Mackreth
  • 8Disley
  • 16ClaySubstituted forMcLaughlinat 81'minutes
  • 20Arnold
  • 34JolleySubstituted forHannahat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14John-Lewis

Substitutes

  • 2Bignot
  • 10Hannah
  • 19Parslow
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 31Watson

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 3Brown
  • 7Mansell
  • 4LockyerBooked at 86mins
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 28Dawson
  • 10Taylor
  • 27Blissett

Substitutes

  • 11Gosling
  • 14Wakefield
  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison
  • 29Balanta
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
4,073

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Booking

    Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

  6. Post update

    Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Grimsby Town. Jack Mackreth tries a through ball, but Jack Mackreth is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

  11. Booking

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Hamish Watson replaces Gregor Robertson.

  15. Booking

    Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town).

  17. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

  19. Post update

    Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box.

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