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Stevenage 2-1 Grimsby Town

Stevenage resisted a late comeback to record their first League Two win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Grimsby.

The hosts, who had failed to win any of their opening 12 games, started brightly and drew first blood after 16 minutes.

Luther James-Wildin found Kurtis Guthrie in the area with a driven cross, whose clever backheel flick beat visiting goalkeeper James McKeown at the far post.

The home side doubled their lead shortly before the break when Charlie Carter swept home after 43 minutes, thanks to clever combination play between Guthrie and James-Wildin.

Both sides fashioned good scoring opportunities in the second half, but Elliott Whitehouse missed a gilt-edged chance for the Mariners when he hooked his effort over the crossbar.

Grimsby eventually pulled one back when substitute Ahkeem Rose blasted home from a counter-attack in the 79th minute, setting up a dramatic finish.

And after Rose guided an overhead kick wide of the target, Stevenage held on through five minutes of added time to claim their first three points of the campaign.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1FarmanBooked at 83mins
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 31Nugent
  • 3Stokes
  • 2WildinSubstituted forFieldingat 63'minutes
  • 7CarterSubstituted forSonupeat 74'minutes
  • 44Timlin
  • 20Watts
  • 33Denton
  • 28Guthrie
  • 9CowleySubstituted forByromat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Byrom
  • 10Kennedy
  • 11Sonupe
  • 13Bastien
  • 14Fielding
  • 27El-Abd
  • 35Mackail-Smith

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 22Hewitt
  • 6Waterfall
  • 4Davis
  • 2Hendrie
  • 10WhitehouseSubstituted forRoseat 66'minutes
  • 12Robson
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 11CookSubstituted forOgbuat 45'minutes
  • 7GreenSubstituted forVernamat 78'minutes
  • 9Hanson

Substitutes

  • 3Gibson
  • 14Rose
  • 17Cardwell
  • 18Vernam
  • 20Ogbu
  • 23Russell
  • 25Pollock
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
3,220

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Grimsby Town 1.

Attempt saved. Luke Waterfall (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ahkeem Rose with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Hewitt with a cross.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Kelland Watts.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Jamie Fielding.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Jamie Fielding.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ethan Robson tries a through ball, but Ahkeem Rose is caught offside.

Booking

Paul Farman (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Hewitt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Tyler Denton.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Grimsby Town 1. Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by James Hanson.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Charles Vernam replaces Matt Green.

Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Cuthbert (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Emmanuel Sonupe replaces Charlie Carter.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Luke Waterfall tries a through ball, but James Hanson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Joel Byrom replaces Jason Cowley.

Foul by Matt Green (Grimsby Town).

Ben Nugent (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Fielding (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ahkeem Rose replaces Elliott Whitehouse.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Attempt blocked. Harry Davis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Ogbu.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Jamie Fielding.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jamie Fielding replaces Luther Wildin because of an injury.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James McKeown.

Attempt saved. Luther Wildin (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James McKeown.

Attempt missed. Elliott Whitehouse (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Hanson following a set piece situation.

Elliott Whitehouse (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyler Denton (Stevenage).

Matt Green (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Stevenage).

Attempt blocked. Kelland Watts (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Carter.

Attempt saved. Scott Cuthbert (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kelland Watts with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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1Crewe138232316726
2Exeter137511811726
3Bradford137331912724
4Forest Green13733147724
5Newport12651126623
6Cheltenham1264221111022
7Swindon136342016421
8Colchester135441612419
9Crawley135442120119
10Grimsby135352016418
11Plymouth134541816217
12Macclesfield134541515017
13Port Vale134541820-217
14Salford134541620-417
15Mansfield134451917216
16Cambridge134451614216
17Leyton Orient134451922-316
18Northampton134361416-215
19Walsall13436917-815
20Carlisle134271523-814
21Oldham132561423-911
22Scunthorpe132471621-510
23Stevenage131571019-98
24Morecambe131481326-137
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