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Grimsby Town 1-4 Forest Green Rovers

A Christian Doidge double helped Forest Green begin the new League Two season with a comfortable win at Grimsby.

The striker's brace, along with Carl Winchester's strike and a Danny Collins own goal, saw Mark Cooper's side respond after Mitch Rose's first-half penalty had given the hosts the lead.

The deadlock was broken when referee Martin Coy judged Martyn Woolford's cross to have struck the arm of Lloyd James, and Rose made no mistake as he gave Grimsby the lead from the spot.

Forest Green brought themselves back level after the break when Winchester found space in the centre of the box and planted the ball into the bottom corner after the Mariners failed to clear their lines.

A bizarre moment then saw Collins roll the ball into his own net as he looked to pass back to James McKeown, before Doidge headed home his first in acres of space.

The striker grabbed his second as he latched on to a back pass to pile on the misery for Grimsby.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 6Collins
  • 25Whitmore
  • 24DavisSubstituted forVernamat 71'minutes
  • 3DixonBooked at 44minsSubstituted forHall-Johnsonat 62'minutes
  • 4Welsh
  • 8Rose
  • 16WoolfordSubstituted forHessenthalerat 62'minutes
  • 15Clifton
  • 9Hooper
  • 11Cook

Substitutes

  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 12Famewo
  • 14Robles
  • 18Vernam
  • 19Fox
  • 23Russell

Forest Green

  • 1Sanchez
  • 2Shephard
  • 6Rawson
  • 16Gunning
  • 23MillsBooked at 19mins
  • 10BrownSubstituted forDigbyat 70'minutes
  • 4James
  • 7Winchester
  • 26Reid
  • 9Doidge
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forArchibaldat 63'minutesSubstituted forGrubbat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 8Grubb
  • 13Montgomery
  • 14Campbell
  • 18Archibald
  • 20Digby
  • 32Hollis
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
5,879

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 4.

Mitch Rose (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers).

Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Carl Winchester.

Attempt blocked. Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 4. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. JJ Hooper (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Delay in match Theo Archibald (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by John Welsh (Grimsby Town).

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers).

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town).

Theo Archibald (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Charles Vernam (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

JJ Hooper (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Charles Vernam replaces Harry Davis.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 3. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lloyd James following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Digby replaces Reece Brown.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by James McKeown.

Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Reece Hall-Johnson (Grimsby Town).

Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Own Goal by Danny Collins, Grimsby Town. Grimsby Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 2.

Attempt saved. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Christian Doidge (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Theo Archibald replaces George Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Reece Hall-Johnson replaces Paul Dixon.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Martyn Woolford.

Attempt missed. JJ Hooper (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by John Welsh (Grimsby Town).

Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Crewe11006063
2Forest Green11004133
3Mansfield11003033
4Port Vale11003033
5Exeter11003123
6Swindon11003213
7MK Dons11002113
8Bury11001013
9Crawley11001013
10Lincoln City11001013
11Stevenage10102201
12Tranmere10102201
13Colchester10100001
14Notts County10100001
15Macclesfield100123-10
16Oldham100112-10
17Cheltenham100101-10
18Northampton100101-10
19Yeovil100101-10
20Carlisle100113-20
21Grimsby100114-30
22Cambridge100103-30
23Newport100103-30
24Morecambe100106-60
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