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Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Grimsby Town

Liam Mandeville celebrated his EFL Young Player of the Month award with a stunning free-kick to send Doncaster on their way to victory over Grimsby.

Mandeville curled a superb dead ball from close to 30 yards, putting it out of reach of Town goalkeeper James McKeown with only three minutes on the clock.

It gave confident Doncaster, who moved a point clear at the top of League Two ahead of the 15:00 GMT kick-offs, a foothold in the game and they were fully in control of the first half.

But it was the visitors - backed by more than 4,000 travelling supporters - who arguably had the better chances.

Danny Collins rose unchallenged to meet Danny Andrew's fine free-kick but flicked his header wide.

And Tom Bolarinwa found the side-netting via a deflection in first-half stoppage time.

Grimsby were reinvigorated after the break but struggled to craft anything more than half chances.

Mandeville almost repeated his free-kick heroics from 25 yards but his effort was met with a fine save from McKeown.

The visitors nearly snatched an equaliser with the last kick of the game when substitute Dan Jones flashed the ball across the face of goal, with James Berrett inches away from turning it home at the far post.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 17Blair
  • 6ButlerBooked at 45mins
  • 5Baudry
  • 24Mason
  • 16Houghton
  • 14MiddletonSubstituted forWrightat 88'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 19Mandeville
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forCalderat 72'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 3Garrett
  • 8Calder
  • 15Wright
  • 18Keegan
  • 22Longbottom
  • 23Beestin
  • 33Jones

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 12Mills
  • 5PearsonBooked at 70minsSubstituted forJonesat 83'minutes
  • 22CollinsBooked at 86mins
  • 3Andrew
  • 16BerrettBooked at 89mins
  • 19Summerfield
  • 26Comley
  • 14JacksonSubstituted forTutonat 77'minutes
  • 21Vernon
  • 18Bolarinwa

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 6Gowling
  • 7Chambers
  • 8Disley
  • 23Jones
  • 29Tuton
  • 30Henderson
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
10,084

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Grimsby Town 0.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Luke Summerfield (Grimsby Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Riccardo Calder (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

James Berrett (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Berrett (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Joe Wright replaces Harry Middleton.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Luke Summerfield (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Danny Collins (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Collins (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Riccardo Calder (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Collins (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Dan Jones replaces Shaun Pearson.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Zak Mills.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Shaun Tuton replaces Kayden Jackson.

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

Attempt saved. Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Comley (Grimsby Town).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Riccardo Calder replaces Andy Williams.

Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Tommy Rowe.

Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brandon Comley (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Brandon Comley.

Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Attempt saved. Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth21142532211144
2Carlisle21119140251542
3Doncaster21133543301342
4Portsmouth21105633201335
5Luton2198431191235
6Wycombe2110472622434
7Cambridge219482824431
8Blackpool2186735241130
9Stevenage219393232030
10Barnet217952929030
11Crawley218582633-729
12Yeovil218492526-128
13Colchester217682927227
14Grimsby217592727026
15Exeter2182112526-126
16Crewe216872329-626
17Mansfield216872127-626
18Hartlepool215882837-923
19Morecambe2072112438-1423
20Notts County2164112536-1122
21Leyton Orient2163122227-521
22Accrington2156102027-721
23Cheltenham214982332-921
24Newport2045112332-917
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