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Port Vale 0-1 Grimsby Town

Grimsby Town continued their charge up the League Two table with their third straight win - a 1-0 victory at Port Vale.

Wes Thomas won it with a wonderful, swerving strike that gave the Mariners their first win on the road since early October, stretching their run to five league wins in seven games.

Chances were few and far between in the first half at Vale Park, but it was the hosts who looked the most likely to score, Luke Hannant dragging wide from inside the box.

Upon the restart, home goalkeeper Scott Brown raced out to deny Thomas while, at the other end, similar action was needed from James McKeown, with substitute Ben Whitfield lurking.

Whitfield then also struck the post but Grimsby looked a threat on the counter, which they ultimately proved when Thomas cut inside and fired an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Port Vale

  • 1Brown
  • 23Clark
  • 5Legge
  • 15Smith
  • 21Vassell
  • 11Hannant
  • 6KayBooked at 24mins
  • 8Oyeleke
  • 22ConlonSubstituted forWhitfieldat 45'minutes
  • 9Pope
  • 14QuigleySubstituted forDoddsat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gibbons
  • 4Joyce
  • 7Worrall
  • 12Hornby
  • 19Dodds
  • 24Whitfield
  • 25Hardcastle

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 24DavisSubstituted forRoseat 83'minutes
  • 25Whitmore
  • 19Fox
  • 17Cardwell
  • 15Clifton
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 30PringleSubstituted forWoolfordat 74'minutes
  • 22Embleton
  • 39ThomasSubstituted forRoseat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Welsh
  • 8Rose
  • 16Woolford
  • 21Rose
  • 23Russell
  • 26Buckley
  • 31Pollock
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
5,129

Match Stats

Home TeamPort ValeAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Port Vale 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Port Vale 0, Grimsby Town 1.

Attempt blocked. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Andrew Fox.

Louis Dodds (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reece Hall-Johnson (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Cardwell.

Attempt blocked. Antony Kay (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mitch Rose (Grimsby Town).

Foul by Luke Hannant (Port Vale).

Reece Hall-Johnson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Manny Oyeleke (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elliot Embleton (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Mitch Rose replaces Harry Davis because of an injury.

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

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

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ahkeem Rose replaces Wes Thomas.

Attempt missed. Tom Pope (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Martyn Woolford replaces Ben Pringle.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Scott Quigley.

Attempt missed. Theo Vassell (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Tom Pope (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Whitmore (Grimsby Town).

Attempt blocked. Alex Whitmore (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Port Vale 0, Grimsby Town 1. Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Whitmore.

Theo Vassell (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Cardwell (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Luke Hannant (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

James McKeown (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Davis.

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Antony Kay (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Antony Kay (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City23145442222047
2MK Dons23127433171643
3Mansfield221011134161841
4Colchester24125736251141
5Exeter2411763526940
6Bury24116745281739
7Forest Green23109435221339
8Tranmere2410773731637
9Carlisle24113103829936
10Stevenage2410593031-135
11Newport2310583541-635
12Oldham248883432232
13Swindon248882732-532
14Grimsby2494112730-331
15Northampton2461172931-229
16Port Vale2477102428-428
17Crewe2484122329-628
18Crawley2382133038-826
19Cheltenham2367102534-925
20Morecambe2474132640-1425
21Yeovil225892627-123
22Cambridge2465132139-1823
23Macclesfield2455142039-1920
24Notts County2447132651-2519
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