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Grimsby Town 5-1 St Albans City

Grimsby Town substitute Padraig Amond came off the bench to score twice as the Mariners thrashed St Albans City to reach the FA Cup second round.

The National League side led from Conor Townsend's 25-yard free-kick, doubling the lead by the break after Amond poked in, within three minutes of coming on.

Louie Theophanous gave St Albans hope with a strike that went in off the bar.

But Jon-Paul Pittman smashed in, then Marcus Marshall evaded tackles to add a fourth before Amond headed his second.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I didn't think it was ever going to be a completely pretty game from getting up this morning and seeing the weather. I have to say this isn't said to the players at half-time.

"It's not an excuse for some bits of play at times but the ball is very different, there's no getting away from that. You get a few to train with it but not enough. It is a very different football to what we're used to playing with.

"We spoke about the next goal been important and, in fairness, it was three minutes in I looked at the scoreboard and just thought we could go on and get quite a few more. We've scored five, hit the woodwork twice, had a goal disallowed and missed other chances. That's not bad for a team who probably wasn't firing on all cylinders."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Tait
  • 5Pearson
  • 6Gowling
  • 26TownsendBooked at 75mins
  • 20Arnold
  • 4Brown
  • 16Clay
  • 11MonkhouseSubstituted forRobertsonat 78'minutes
  • 18PittmanSubstituted forMarshallat 74'minutes
  • 9BogleSubstituted forAmondat 43'minutes


  • 3Robertson
  • 7Mackreth
  • 10Amond
  • 14Marshall
  • 22Nsiala
  • 23East
  • 24Warrington

St Albans City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Welch
  • 2Nunn
  • 6Martin
  • 5Comley
  • 3Chappell
  • 8CorcoranSubstituted forGreenat 76'minutes
  • 4Thomas
  • 7Gibson
  • 11MontgomerySubstituted forCrawfordat 54'minutes
  • 10Krans
  • 9TheophanousSubstituted forSowat 86'minutes


  • 12Crawford
  • 13Coulton
  • 14Locke
  • 15Kyriacou
  • 16Allen
  • 17Green
  • 18Sow
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 5, St Albans City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 5, St Albans City 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Grimsby Town 5, St Albans City 1. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) header from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Brown.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ben Martin.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town).

  6. Post update

    Ben Martin (St Albans City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Craig Clay (Grimsby Town).

  8. Post update

    Kevin Krans (St Albans City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, St Albans City. Conceded by Conor Townsend.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, St Albans City. Ghassimu Sow replaces Louie Theophanous.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Grimsby Town 4, St Albans City 1. Marcus Marshall (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shaun Pearson.

  12. Post update

    Scott Brown (Grimsby Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ben Martin.

  14. Post update

    Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Harry Crawford (St Albans City).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Louie Theophanous (St Albans City).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Gregor Robertson replaces Andy Monkhouse.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Richard Tait (Grimsby Town).