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Mansfield Town 2-2 Grimsby Town

George Williams rescued a late 2-2 draw for Grimsby in a thrilling finish at Mansfield.

The injury-ravaged Mariners remain adrift at the bottom of League Two with only one win in 17 games, but Williams' superb late free-kick made it four draws in a row.

At the end of a scrappy first half, Mansfield deserved their lead, which came from a rocket finish by George Maris in the 20th minute.

Jason Law brought the ball inside from the left and found Stephen McLaughlin, who rolled a square pass that Maris smashed inside the left post first time from 25 yards.

A double change at the break lifted the Mariners and they were level in the 63rd minute as an unmarked Lenell John-Lewis buried a six-yard header from a Williams corner.

The Stags were ahead again four minutes later as Grimsby failed to clear a left-wing cross from Mal Benning and the ball broke for Law to slot home his first goal for the club inside the right post from seven yards.

However, a minute into added time Ryan Sweeney gave away a central free-kick and Williams picked out the top left corner from 25 yards to level the scores.

In the fourth minute of added time Williams headed a a left-wing cross against the post as the visitors almost stole an unlikely win.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Mansfield

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 31Stone
  • 12Gordon
  • 6Rawson
  • 14Perch
  • 3Benning
  • 10MarisSubstituted forSweeneyat 80'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Charsley
  • 20McLaughlinBooked at 70minsSubstituted forQuinnat 74'minutes
  • 29LawSubstituted forWardat 80'minutes
  • 19ReidSubstituted forSarkicat 74'minutesSubstituted forWrightat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Bowery

Substitutes

  • 1Stech
  • 5Sweeney
  • 16Quinn
  • 17Sarkic
  • 23Wright
  • 25Ward
  • 27Sinclair

Grimsby

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Hendrie
  • 6Waterfall
  • 22Hewitt
  • 15Clifton
  • 42LamySubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 20MateteBooked at 63minsSubstituted forAdamsat 82'minutes
  • 8CokeSubstituted forSpokesat 45'minutes
  • 16Jackson JrBooked at 56minsSubstituted forGreenat 70'minutes
  • 21John-Lewis
  • 40Payne

Substitutes

  • 4Rose
  • 7Green
  • 10Williams
  • 13Battersby
  • 14Spokes
  • 29Starbuck
  • 45Adams
Referee:
John Busby

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mansfield Town 2, Grimsby Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 2, Grimsby Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Williams (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Booking

    Jake Wright (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jake Wright (Mansfield Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Elliott Hewitt with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    George Williams (Grimsby Town) hits the right post with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Luke Spokes with a cross.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Mansfield Town 2, Grimsby Town 2. George Williams (Grimsby Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  11. Booking

    Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Sweeney (Mansfield Town).

  13. Post update

    George Williams (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by George Williams with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jake Wright replaces Oliver Sarkic because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Bowery (Mansfield Town).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Farrend Rawson (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matt Green (Grimsby Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham36198948331565
2Cambridge371971155342164
3Forest Green351710849371261
4Tranmere35187104839961
5Bolton36179104743460
6Morecambe36178115149259
7Newport36169114637957
8Exeter341411958401853
9Salford3513121041291251
10Crawley35149124744351
11Carlisle33146134641548
12Bradford34139123838048
13Harrogate36146164041-148
14Leyton Orient35138143939047
15Stevenage371016113132-146
16Mansfield36915124448-442
17Oldham36119165261-942
18Scunthorpe35126173645-942
19Port Vale37118184651-541
20Walsall35815123845-739
21Barrow34108164143-238
22Colchester36814143349-1638
23Southend36710192250-2831
24Grimsby35610192654-2828
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