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Grimsby Town 0-1 Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham Town moved to the top of the National League table with victory at fellow promotion hopefuls Grimsby Town.

Defender Aaron Downes scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half when he fired into the top corner following Jack Munns' corner.

Grimsby dominated a goalless first half with joint top scorer Padraig Amond spurning three chances.

Nathan Arnold also shot wide from 25 yards as the Mariners' 12-match unbeaten run finally came to an end.

Cheltenham are two points clear of second-placed Forest Green Rovers, while Grimsby remain in fourth.

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"We didn't show enough intent in the first half and I was really disappointed at half-time.

"I had to tell four or five players that their mums weren't going to be proud of them, and they needed to show a lot more ambition and intent to go and score a goal.

"Once I told them that, it lit the blue touch paper, we got going and we made some fireworks.

"Downesy popped up with a great goal in the corner - he took it like he does it every day, but he doesn't!"

Line-ups

Grimsby

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 2TaitSubstituted forMarshallat 70'minutes
  • 5Pearson
  • 16ClaySubstituted forBrownat 79'minutes
  • 26Townsend
  • 22Nsiala
  • 8DisleyBooked at 55mins
  • 20Arnold
  • 23East
  • 9BogleSubstituted forPittmanat 72'minutes
  • 10Amond

Substitutes

  • 4Brown
  • 6Gowling
  • 7Mackreth
  • 14Marshall
  • 18Pittman

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Phillips
  • 7Pell
  • 2BarthramSubstituted forVaughanat 87'minutes
  • 5Downes
  • 24Dickie
  • 9Wright
  • 11MunnsSubstituted forDaytonat 90+1'minutes
  • 4Storer
  • 6Parslow
  • 8Waters
  • 3McLennan

Substitutes

  • 14Hall
  • 18Rowe
  • 19Vaughan
  • 25Lovett
  • 27Dayton
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
5,218

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Marshall (Grimsby Town).

  4. Post update

    Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Jack Munns.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Lee Vaughan replaces Jack Barthram.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

  13. Post update

    Conor Townsend (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town).

  15. Post update

    Danny Parslow (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Scott Brown replaces Craig Clay.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jon-Paul Pittman replaces Omar Bogle.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Barthram (Cheltenham Town).

  19. Post update

    Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Marcus Marshall replaces Richard Tait.

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