Liam Hearn scored his fourth hat-trick of the season as Grimsby boosted their play-off hopes by crushing lowly Bath.

Hearn slotted home from 12 yards before Bath's Andy Gallinagh steered the ball into his own net as Grimsby closed in on their sixth successive league win.

A close-range finish from Hearn made it 3-0 and he soon completed his treble, blasting home from the edge of the box.

Kiernan Hughes-Mason finished off from a Frankie Artus cross and Anthony Church's powerful shot sealed the rout.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby Town joint-manager Rob Scott told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I was sent to the stands because I asked the linesman why he gave Craig Disley offside when it was apparent he wasn't interfering with play.

"I know I get over-exhuberant at times but I'm not going to apologise for being determined to win. Like me or loathe me that's the way I am. I can't change, I've tried but it doesn't have the same effect on how I coach or effect football matches.

"I'm just disappointed that a woman's [referee Amy Fearn] got one over on me in the fact that she sent me to the stands, no warning, just straight to the stands. It isn't sexist and it would be the same if it were a man refereeing, if you're not good enough, you're not good enough.

"They'll suspend me and put me to the stands for a few games but that's just the way it is. It's the first one since I've been here and I'll try and make it my last."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 02 Silk
  • 06 Garner
  • 22 Townsend
  • 32 Miller
  • 08 Disley
  • 11 Artus
  • 21 Thanoj Booked (Church - 65' )
  • 07 Coulson
  • 10 Hearn (Hughes-Mason - 72' )
  • 39 Elding (Duffy - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Pearson
  • 04 Church
  • 19 Wood
  • 12 Duffy
  • 33 Hughes-Mason

Bath City

  • 17 Matthews
  • 02 Simpson
  • 05 Jones
  • 26 Gallinagh
  • 03 Stonehouse
  • 07 Murray (Cook - 75' )
  • 08 Connolly
  • 11 Hogg (Russell - 60' )
  • 16 Canham
  • 19 Burnell
  • 27 Canham (Phillips - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Rollo
  • 15 Preece
  • 21 Russell
  • 09 Cook
  • 10 Phillips
Ref: Fearn
Att: 3,836

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

8 5

Corners

3 4

Fouls

12 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:52

Rob Duffy is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Jason Matthews.

88:32

Kiernan Hughes-Mason takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Stonehouse. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Coulson from the right by-line, Jason Matthews manages to make a clearance.

88:10

Adam Connolly takes a shot. Craig Disley gets a block in.

86:12

Marc Canham takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

84:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Church - Grimsby 6 - 0 Bath City Anthony Church finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Grimsby 6-0 Bath City.

84:11

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael Coulson,

83:32

Foul by Gethin Jones on Rob Duffy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Garner.

81:30

A cross is delivered by Marc Canham.

79:44

The ball is delivered by Gary Silk, Jason Matthews makes a save.

78:50

Craig Disley challenges Lee Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sekani Simpson takes the free kick.

78:30 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Elding goes off and Rob Duffy comes on.

76:49

Frankie Artus provided the assist for the goal.

76:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Kiernan Hughes-Mason - Grimsby 5 - 0 Bath City Kiernan Hughes-Mason finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 5-0 Bath City.

76:26

Kiernan Hughes-Mason takes a shot. Save made by Jason Matthews.

75:29

Centre by Anthony Elding.

75:21

The referee blows for offside against Lee Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by James McKeown.

74:09 Substitution

Substitution Lee Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Sean Canham.

74:09 Substitution

Substitution Scott Murray goes off and Jamie Cook comes on.

72:03

Michael Coulson challenges Paul Stonehouse unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Matthews restarts play with the free kick.

71:12 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Kiernan Hughes-Mason coming on for Liam Hearn.

71:12

Sean Canham concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Garner. Direct free kick taken by Scott Garner.

69:24

A cross is delivered by Michael Coulson.

68:58

Sekani Simpson crosses the ball, clearance by Scott Garner.

67:30

The ball is delivered by Paul Stonehouse, Scott Garner makes a clearance.

66:20

Liam Hearn takes a shot. Save by Jason Matthews.

64:06

Sean Canham has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

64:06 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Church is brought on as a substitute for Andi Thanoj.

64:06

Gary Silk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Murray.

63:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sekani Simpson by Craig Disley. Free kick taken by Joe Burnell.

62:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Hearn. Free kick taken by Jason Matthews.

59:39

Ian Miller makes a clearance. Andi Thanoj takes a shot. Scott Garner manages to make a clearance.

59:39 Substitution

Substitution Alex Russell replaces Lewis Hogg.

59:39

Inswinging corner taken by Scott Murray from the right by-line,

58:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Connolly by Andi Thanoj. Marc Canham has an effort direct from the free kick, save by James McKeown.

57:56

Craig Disley is ruled offside. Gethin Jones takes the free kick.

56:30

Michael Coulson provided the assist for the goal.

56:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 4 - 0 Bath City Liam Hearn gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 4-0 Bath City.

55:51

The referee blows for offside against Anthony Elding. Free kick taken by Jason Matthews.

55:18

The referee blows for offside. Jason Matthews takes the free kick.

54:06

Foul by Scott Garner on Sean Canham, free kick awarded. Marc Canham takes the direct free kick.

52:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andi Thanoj on Adam Connolly. Marc Canham takes the direct free kick, Gethin Jones produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

51:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Coulson by Sean Canham. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Silk.

50:32

Long distance effort from Scott Murray misses to the left of the goal.

47:35

The offside flag is raised against Anthony Elding. Jason Matthews restarts play with the free kick.

46:39

The ball is swung over by Lewis Hogg, save by James McKeown.

45:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 3 - 0 Bath City Liam Hearn fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Grimsby 3-0 Bath City.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:54

The ball is crossed by Scott Murray, clearance made by Ian Miller.

45:00 +0:17

Lewis Hogg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor Townsend. Free kick taken by Conor Townsend.

43:20

Effort from inside the area by Paul Stonehouse misses to the left of the goal.

42:29

The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Elding. Jason Matthews restarts play with the free kick.

41:36

Effort from inside the area by Sean Canham misses to the right of the target.

40:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Gallinagh - Grimsby 2 - 0 Bath City An own goal is conceded by Andy Gallinagh. Grimsby 2-0 Bath City.

39:35

Corner taken right-footed by Michael Coulson.

39:27

Frankie Artus produces a cross, Gethin Jones manages to make a clearance.

37:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Murray from the left by-line to the near post, Craig Disley makes a clearance.

36:27

Corner taken by Scott Murray from the left by-line played to the near post, Scott Garner manages to make a clearance.

34:44

The ball is sent over by Conor Townsend.

28:53

The official flags Gethin Jones offside. James McKeown takes the free kick.

28:12

Foul by Frankie Artus on Sekani Simpson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Canham.

22:43

Sean Canham takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

20:38

Assist by Anthony Elding.

20:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 1 - 0 Bath City Liam Hearn scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 1-0 Bath City.

19:50

Frankie Artus challenges Marc Canham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Burnell takes the free kick.

16:28

Scott Garner fouled by Sean Canham, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Garner.

16:00

Anthony Elding is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Matthews takes the free kick.

13:12

Craig Disley concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Canham. Jason Matthews takes the free kick.

12:53

The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Murray. James McKeown takes the indirect free kick.

12:09

The ball is swung over by Frankie Artus, Paul Stonehouse manages to make a clearance.

9:06

Adam Connolly takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

8:28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Elding. Jason Matthews restarts play with the free kick.

7:44

A cross is delivered by Scott Murray, Scott Garner makes a clearance.

7:14

The ball is sent over by Sekani Simpson, Gary Silk manages to make a clearance.

6:15

Conor Townsend crosses the ball, Jason Matthews makes a save.

3:55

Corner taken by Scott Murray from the left by-line to the near post. Gethin Jones crosses the ball, James McKeown makes a save.

2:46 Booking

Booking The referee books Andi Thanoj for unsporting behaviour.

1:46

Andi Thanoj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Hogg. Marc Canham takes the free kick. Foul by Andi Thanoj on Lewis Hogg, free kick awarded. Scott Murray restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers