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Alfreton Town 0-2 Grimsby Town

Grimsby kept pace in the hunt for automatic promotion with victory at struggling Alfreton Town.

Grimsby debutant Josh Gowling broke the deadlock midway through the second half, firing Jack Mackreth's cross into the bottom corner.

Mackreth then hit a post with an angled shot from the edge of the area and Alfreton striker Karl Hawley steered a close-range effort onto the crossbar.

Lenell John-Lewis headed home Craig Clay's cross to secure the points.

The Mariners remain three points behind league leaders Barnet while Alfreton stay in 20th, six points above the bottom four.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I felt we started the game right and then it slowed a bit, but that was the problem.

"I think the lads felt like they were in control, but it was too slow.

"The longer it went on I did feel that our fitness and fresh legs would come through and again I think that showed."

Line-ups

Alfreton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flynn
  • 5Graham
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 29PhillipsSubstituted forJohnstonat 78'minutes
  • 2Wood
  • 28Howe
  • 10Bradley
  • 12ShawSubstituted forThanojat 66'minutes
  • 11HowellSubstituted forIronsideat 84'minutes
  • 7Speight
  • 23Hawley

Substitutes

  • 4Courtney
  • 18Ironside
  • 21Thanoj
  • 25Lenighan
  • 27Johnston

Grimsby

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 19Parslow
  • 5Pearson
  • 8Disley
  • 35Robertson
  • 36Gowling
  • 7MackrethSubstituted forChapellat 89'minutes
  • 16Clay
  • 34JolleySubstituted forArnoldat 70'minutes
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 18PittmanSubstituted forPalmerat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Brown
  • 10Hannah
  • 20Arnold
  • 33Palmer
  • 37Chapell
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
3,327

Match Stats

Home TeamAlfretonAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jordan Chapell replaces Jack Mackreth.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Alfreton Town 0, Grimsby Town 2. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Clay with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Craig Clay (Grimsby Town).

  9. Post update

    Jake Speight (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Alfreton Town. Joe Ironside replaces Anthony Howell.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Alfreton Town. Jake Speight tries a through ball, but Jake Speight is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Clay (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Karl Hawley (Alfreton Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

  16. Post update

    Andi Thanoj (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Alfreton Town. John Johnston replaces Jimmy Phillips.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Howell (Alfreton Town).

  19. Post update

    Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

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

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