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Macclesfield Town 0-2 Grimsby Town

Ten-man Grimsby banished their opening-day blues with a comprehensive victory at promoted Macclesfield.

The Mariners - beaten 4-1 at home by Forest Green last weekend - went ahead in the 29th minute when Jordan Cook fired home a stunning strike from 30 yards.

Grimsby should have led moments earlier when Macc were fortunate to survive a frantic goalmouth scramble after Mitch Rose hit the post and Cook's follow-up was blocked by Jamie Grimes.

The Mariners could have been out of sight at the break but a Jared Hodgkiss goal-line clearance and a fine reaction save by Rhys Taylor kept it to just 1-0 at half-time.

The Silkmen's chances were given a boost on 63 minutes, when Rose was dismissed by referee Oliver Langford for a wild challenge on Koby Arthur.

However, despite rallying late on, Macc failed to make their numerical advantage pay and substitute Charles Vernam hit Grimsby's second in the final minute after winning the ball wide and left and advancing into the box before firing home.

The game had to be briefly halted after 71 minutes after a Canadian Goose entered the field.

Report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Macclesfield

  • 12Taylor
  • 2HodgkissSubstituted forBlissettat 83'minutes
  • 5Kelleher
  • 6Grimes
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 8MarshSubstituted forNapaat 61'minutes
  • 18MaycockSubstituted forWilsonat 61'minutes
  • 24Rose
  • 23WhitakerBooked at 88mins
  • 22Arthur
  • 10Smith

Substitutes

  • 4Lowe
  • 9Wilson
  • 11Lloyd
  • 13Blissett
  • 14Welch-Hayes
  • 16Napa
  • 25Simpson

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 24Davis
  • 3Dixon
  • 6Collins
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 4Welsh
  • 8RoseBooked at 63mins
  • 25Whitmore
  • 16Woolford
  • 11CookSubstituted forVernamat 84'minutes
  • 9HooperSubstituted forRoblesat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Hall-Johnson
  • 14Robles
  • 15Clifton
  • 18Vernam
  • 20Wright
  • 21Rose
  • 23Russell
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
2,589

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home4
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Macclesfield Town 0, Grimsby Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 0, Grimsby Town 2.

Paul Dixon (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Louis Robles replaces JJ Hooper.

Attempt missed. Koby Arthur (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Macclesfield Town 0, Grimsby Town 2. Charles Vernam (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by James McKeown.

Attempt saved. Scott Wilson (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by JJ Hooper.

Attempt blocked. Malachi Napa (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Charles Vernam replaces Jordan Cook.

Attempt missed. Malachi Napa (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Nathan Blissett replaces Jared Hodgkiss.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by John Welsh.

Attempt blocked. Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Malachi Napa (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Whitmore (Grimsby Town).

Attempt saved. Koby Arthur (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Scott Wilson (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Koby Arthur (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt missed. Scott Wilson (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Scott Wilson (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Mitch Rose (Grimsby Town) is shown the red card.

Foul by Mitch Rose (Grimsby Town).

Koby Arthur (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Koby Arthur (Macclesfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Scott Wilson replaces Callum Maycock.

Substitution

Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Malachi Napa replaces Tyrone Marsh.

Attempt missed. Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Mitch Rose (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Attempt saved. Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Macclesfield Town 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Macclesfield Town 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Attempt missed. Harry Smith (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

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