Match ends, Port Vale 0, Grimsby Town 1.
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.
- 6KayBooked at 24mins
- 22ConlonSubstituted forWhitfieldat 45'minutes
- 14QuigleySubstituted forDoddsat 74'minutes
- 24DavisSubstituted forRoseat 83'minutes
- 30PringleSubstituted forWoolfordat 74'minutes
- 39ThomasSubstituted forRoseat 79'minutes
- Ben Toner
- Shots on Target
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, 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, Grimsby Town. Ahkeem Rose replaces Wes Thomas.