National League
HalifaxFC Halifax Town4GrimsbyGrimsby Town2
Nicky Wroe
Nicky Wroe has played for several clubs during his career including Torquay and Preston

Halifax moved out of the National League relegation zone with a stunning victory over high-flying Grimsby.

Billy Whitehouse's debut goal, James Bolton's driven effort and Nicky Wroe's cool finish gave the home side a surprise three-goal lead at half-time.

Padraig Amond gave the visitors hope late on before Jake Hibbs placed one into the top corner to restore the two-goal cushion.

The Mariners' Jon Nolan smashed in a late consolation as Halifax held on.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We were certainly punished. They were very dangerous on the break and I think we had more of the ball, but then give it away in some bad areas.

"The first two goals were an inability to defend a set piece and a ball in the box. They were pretty lethal in their attacks.

"In the end, what happens in both boxes determines games of football and certainly Halifax were very clinical and we were perhaps a bit toothless.

"We did have our opportunities to score and when you're behind in the game you need to take them."

Line-ups

Halifax

  • 23Johnson
  • 14Brown
  • 2Bolton
  • 35WroeBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 73'minutes
  • 15Roberts
  • 3McManus
  • 6Bencherif
  • 4James
  • 17MacDonaldSubstituted forHibbsat 55'minutes
  • 39Whitehouse
  • 12PeniketSubstituted forBurrowat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Porter
  • 9Burrow
  • 11Walker
  • 16Hibbs
  • 40McDonald

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Tait
  • 22Nsiala
  • 31Nolan
  • 6Gowling
  • 16Clay
  • 11MonkhouseSubstituted forArnoldat 46'minutes
  • 3Robertson
  • 34JenningsSubstituted forStrakerat 75'minutes
  • 9BogleSubstituted forPittmanat 46'minutes
  • 10Amond

Substitutes

  • 5Pearson
  • 18Pittman
  • 20Arnold
  • 32Horwood
  • 33Straker
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamHalifaxAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 2. Jon Nolan (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 1. Jake Hibbs (FC Halifax Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! FC Halifax Town 3, Grimsby Town 1. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Arnold.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town).

  9. Post update

    Shaquille McDonald (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jake Hibbs (FC Halifax Town).

  12. Post update

    Jon Nolan (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

  14. Post update

    James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Burrow (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Anthony Straker replaces Ryan Jennings.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Burrow (FC Halifax Town).

  18. Post update

    Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Shaquille McDonald replaces Nicky Wroe.

  20. Post update

    Offside, FC Halifax Town. Jordan Burrow tries a through ball, but Jordan Burrow is caught offside.

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