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Grimsby Town 5-2 Tranmere Rovers

Grimsby Town brought up their biggest win since 2016 as they thrashed promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers 5-2 to ease their worries at the foot of League Two.

Tranmere found themselves ahead early on as the ball skidded through nicely for James Norwood to latch onto, enabling him to chip over the onrushing James McKeown for his 14th league goal of the season.

Harry Clifton headed home from Charles Vernam's cross to bring the hosts back level, before Grimsby found themselves ahead just before half-time, although there was more than a suspicion of handball as Wes Thomas bundled home from Vernam's ball across the face of goal.

And just moments after the break, Grimsby extended their lead when Harry Davis poked home from a corner, before Paul Mullin pulled one back for Tranmere with a superb strike from distance.

But Grimsby came storming back as Mitch Rose added a fourth from the penalty spot late on, before Elliot Embleton rounded off the scoring with a fifth as he slotted home in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 27Hendrie
  • 25Whitmore
  • 24Davis
  • 19Fox
  • 22Embleton
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 15CliftonBooked at 61mins
  • 30PringleSubstituted forWelshat 85'minutes
  • 18VernamSubstituted forRoseat 80'minutes
  • 39ThomasSubstituted forCardwellat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Welsh
  • 8Rose
  • 11Cook
  • 16Woolford
  • 17Cardwell
  • 21Rose
  • 23Russell

Tranmere

  • 1DaviesBooked at 40mins
  • 14Caprice
  • 5McNultySubstituted forSuttonat 45'minutes
  • 6Monthe
  • 24BakayogoSubstituted forRidehalghat 72'minutes
  • 12McCullough
  • 22Gilmour
  • 17Mottley-HenrySubstituted forColeat 61'minutes
  • 11JenningsBooked at 12mins
  • 10NorwoodBooked at 69mins
  • 9Mullin

Substitutes

  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 4Sutton
  • 8Harris
  • 18Smith
  • 20Stockton
  • 23George
  • 29Cole
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
3,293

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 5, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 5, Tranmere Rovers 2.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Attempt blocked. Elliot Embleton (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 5, Tranmere Rovers 2. Elliot Embleton (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Welsh.

Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Hand ball by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. John Welsh replaces Ben Pringle.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 4, Tranmere Rovers 2. Mitch Rose (Grimsby Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Scott Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Mitch Rose replaces Charles Vernam.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Harry Cardwell replaces Wes Thomas.

Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).

Harvey Gilmour (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliot Embleton (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Liam Ridehalgh replaces Zoumana Bakayogo.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).

Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers).

Harry Davis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Tranmere Rovers).

Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Larnell Cole (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town).

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 3, Tranmere Rovers 2. Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Foul by Larnell Cole (Tranmere Rovers).

Elliot Embleton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Larnell Cole replaces Dylan Mottley-Henry.

Booking

Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke McCullough (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Attempt blocked. Elliot Embleton (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Alex Whitmore (Grimsby Town).

Paul Mullin (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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