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Grimsby Town 1-1 Walsall

Grimsby missed the chance to make up more ground at the bottom of League Two as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Walsall.

Caolan Lavery's goal just before half-time earned the out-of-form visitors a point after James Hanson had given Grimsby an early lead in a game lacking in quality.

The hosts took the lead inside the first 10 minutes with their first attack of the game, with Liam Roberts producing a superb save to keep Stefan Payne's header out, but he was only able to push the ball into the path of Hanson who poked home.

Walsall came close to levelling things just before the 25-minute mark as first Emmanuel Osadebe saw his venomous effort from distance tipped over, before Tom Leak had his header cleared off the line by Jay Matete.

The visitors got their reward just before the break, as Josh Gordon's cross picked out Lavery, with the striker flicking his header out of James McKeown's reach to bring his side level.

Neither side took the incentive to grab a winner, with the second half devoid of any quality or noteworthy opportunities to leave Walsall happier with the point.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Grimsby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Hendrie
  • 26Menayese
  • 22Hewitt
  • 15Clifton
  • 8Coke
  • 20MateteSubstituted forRoseat 29'minutes
  • 14SpokesSubstituted forWilliamsat 73'minutes
  • 21John-LewisSubstituted forJackson Jrat 74'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 40PayneBooked at 12mins

Substitutes

  • 4Rose
  • 6Waterfall
  • 7Green
  • 10Williams
  • 13Battersby
  • 16Jackson Jr
  • 42Lamy

Walsall

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Roberts
  • 18Leak
  • 5J ClarkeBooked at 88mins
  • 4Sadler
  • 3MelbourneSubstituted forCockerill-Mollettat 45'minutes
  • 8Kinsella
  • 7Sinclair
  • 20Perry
  • 10Gordon
  • 9Lavery
  • 23Osadebe

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 11Osei Yaw
  • 12Bates
  • 13Rose
  • 14Cockerill-Mollett
  • 15McDonald
  • 27Wright
Referee:
Samuel Barrott

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 1, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by James Clarke.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. George Williams (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Booking

    James Clarke (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Clarke (Walsall).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emmanuel Osadebe (Walsall) right footed shot from long range on the left is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).

  10. Post update

    Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Kinsella.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Grimsby Town. Ira Jackson Jr tries a through ball, but James Hanson is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Grimsby Town).

  14. Post update

    Caolan Lavery (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Rollin Menayese.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Clifton with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Foul by George Williams (Grimsby Town).

  18. Post update

    Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Hanson (Grimsby Town).

  20. Post update

    Sam Perry (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge382071157352267
2Cheltenham371981048341465
3Tranmere37189105142963
4Bolton37189104843563
5Forest Green371711949381162
6Morecambe37188115249362
7Newport36169114637957
8Exeter3615111060421856
9Leyton Orient37158144240253
10Salford3613121141301151
11Crawley36149134847151
12Bradford36149134041-151
13Stevenage381116113333049
14Carlisle35146154744348
15Harrogate37146174042-248
16Scunthorpe36136173845-745
17Oldham38129175564-945
18Port Vale38128184952-344
19Mansfield38917124549-444
20Walsall37817123946-741
21Colchester38815153653-1739
22Barrow36108184246-438
23Southend38811192350-2735
24Grimsby37711192855-2732
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