Dartford claimed victory at Grimsby to end the Mariners' 10-game unbeaten run.

Grimsby bossed the opening stages, and could have gone ahead had a Nathan Pond header found the target from Joe Colbeck's free-kick.

However it was the Darts who broke the deadlock when Tom Champion fired home from the right-side of the area.

The hosts pressed for an equaliser, but Adam Birchall finished clinically following a superb solo run to secure the win for the visitors.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby Town joint-manager told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It was poor from start to finish.

"We can always stand by players that have bad games, but all of them were off and not one of them can come away with any credit.

"We were putting our foot through the ball, scuffing things, we were heading it up in the air.

"There was no communication and it was just all over the place at times, which is disappointing, because of how well we have been playing."

Dartford manager Tony Burman told BBC Radio Kent:

"I am very, very pleased, the boys played excellently. It's a tough place to come, they're on a great run, they're well organised.

"We took the game to Grimsby. When we scored it gave us the belief to win the game. Our play and our support was excellent.

"We know what we're supposed to be doing. We feel people are not giving us any chance. It's a bit disrespectful, we deserve to be where we are."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 03 Thomas
  • 05 Pearson
  • 04 Niven (Artus - 61' )
  • 07 Colbeck
  • 08 Disley
  • 19 Wood
  • 22 Pond
  • 24 Neilson
  • 12 Cook (Elding - 61' )
  • 25 Hannah (Southwell - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hatton
  • 06 Miller
  • 11 Artus
  • 09 Elding
  • 20 Southwell

Dartford

  • 12 Bettinelli
  • 02 Rose
  • 04 Champion
  • 06 Bonner
  • 16 Arber
  • 10 Bradbrook
  • 14 Noble
  • 15 Collier
  • 20 Burns
  • 11 Harris (Erskine - 78' )
  • 19 Birchall (Wallis - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Wells
  • 08 Wallis
  • 07 Hayes
  • 09 Erskine
  • 21 Crawford
Ref: Toner
Att: 4,009

Match Stats

Shots

15 15

On target

6 9

Corners

12 5

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:59 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +3:31

Joe Colbeck takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Collier.

90:00 +1:37

Craig Disley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Wallis. Lee Noble produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

90:00 +0:56

Unfair challenge on Jacob Erskine by Bradley Wood results in a free kick. Richard Rose restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:11

Shaun Pearson takes a shot. Clearance by Lee Burns.

89:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jacob Erskine. Indirect free kick taken by James McKeown.

89:04

The ball is delivered by Richard Rose, clearance made by Shaun Pearson.

88:03 Substitution

Substitution Jon Wallis on for Adam Birchall.

87:33

Anthony Elding takes a shot. Richard Rose gets a block in.

86:44

Corner taken left-footed by Frankie Artus, Joe Colbeck takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Arber.

84:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Birchall - Grimsby 0 - 2 Dartford Adam Birchall fires in a fantastic goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Grimsby 0-2 Dartford.

83:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aswad Thomas by Nathan Collier. Bradley Wood takes the free kick.

82:38

Elliot Bradbrook fouled by Dayle Southwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

82:19

Richard Rose takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

82:05

Centre by Lee Burns, Shaun Pearson makes a clearance.

81:04

Effort on goal by Dayle Southwell from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

80:01

Corner taken by Frankie Artus, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

78:58

Anthony Elding concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliot Bradbrook. Free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

78:34

Jacob Erskine takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

77:35 Substitution

Substitution Jacob Erskine on for Danny Harris.

76:19

Foul by Lee Noble on Joe Colbeck, free kick awarded. Frankie Artus produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

75:09

Bradley Wood delivers the ball, Close range headed effort by Anthony Elding misses to the right of the target.

73:39

Shot from just outside the box by Adam Birchall goes over the target.

72:52

Effort from 20 yards by Anthony Elding. Save by Marcus Bettinelli.

71:16

Unfair challenge on Elliot Bradbrook by Craig Disley results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

70:09 Substitution

Substitution Dayle Southwell on for Ross Hannah.

67:55

Frankie Artus has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

67:42

The ball is crossed by Aswad Thomas, Mark Arber makes a clearance.

65:45

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck from the left by-line, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

65:06

Outswinging corner taken by Lee Noble from the right by-line played to the near post, Craig Disley makes a clearance.

64:14

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Noble, clearance by Shaun Pearson.

63:22

Danny Harris crosses the ball, save made by James McKeown.

62:19

Lee Burns takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Pearson.

60:39 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Elding replaces Andy Cook.

60:12 Substitution

Substitution Derek Niven goes off and Frankie Artus comes on.

59:21

A cross is delivered by Derek Niven, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

56:48

A cross is delivered by Danny Harris, Nathan Pond makes a clearance.

56:04

Lee Noble takes the inswinging corner, Craig Disley manages to make a clearance.

55:41

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Noble from the right by-line.

55:26

Adam Birchall takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

55:09

Ross Hannah has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

54:30

Unfair challenge on Aswad Thomas by Nathan Collier results in a free kick. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

53:01

Danny Harris takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

52:44

The ball is swung over by Scott Neilson, Tom Champion makes a clearance.

52:30

Short corner taken by Aswad Thomas from the left by-line.

51:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Champion - Grimsby 0 - 1 Dartford Tom Champion gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 0-1 Dartford.

51:24

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

50:36

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Noble from the right by-line.

50:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joe Colbeck, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

49:32

The offside flag is raised against Danny Harris. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

48:52

Scott Neilson sends in a cross, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

47:52

Lee Noble takes a shot. Comfortable save by James McKeown.

47:22

Bradley Wood challenges Danny Harris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Rose takes the direct free kick.

46:38

Scott Neilson delivers the ball, Richard Rose makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:32

The ball is delivered by Bradley Wood, Lee Burns makes a clearance.

44:26

Lee Noble has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

40:59

Andy Cook sends in a cross, Mark Arber manages to make a clearance.

39:07

Joe Colbeck is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

38:21

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck.

37:39

Outswinging corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the right by-line, Tom Bonner manages to make a clearance.

36:51

Elliot Bradbrook challenges Derek Niven unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Wood takes the free kick.

36:02

The ball is delivered by Bradley Wood, save by Marcus Bettinelli.

34:45

Corner taken by Scott Neilson from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Andy Cook from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

34:13

Derek Niven takes a shot. Save by Marcus Bettinelli.

33:48

Aswad Thomas delivers the ball, Mark Arber manages to make a clearance.

32:45

Effort on goal by Derek Niven from long range goes over the crossbar.

31:00

Lee Burns delivers the ball, Adam Birchall takes a shot. Nathan Pond gets a block in.

28:08

Derek Niven gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Harris. Danny Harris restarts play with the free kick.

26:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott Neilson. Indirect free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

26:01

The official flags Danny Harris offside. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

25:20

Unfair challenge on Tom Bonner by Ross Hannah results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Bettinelli.

24:34

Corner taken by Joe Colbeck played to the near post, Lee Noble makes a clearance.

24:05

Andy Cook takes a shot. Tom Bonner gets a block in.

23:43

The ball is swung over by Craig Disley, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

23:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Noble on Craig Disley. Free kick taken by Joe Colbeck.

22:59

Centre by Lee Burns, Bradley Wood makes a clearance.

21:41

The ball is delivered by Lee Noble, save by James McKeown.

18:22

Foul by Lee Burns on Scott Neilson, free kick awarded. Bradley Wood restarts play with the free kick.

14:10

Bradley Wood sends in a cross, Tom Bonner manages to make a clearance.

12:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Birchall by Shaun Pearson. Elliot Bradbrook has an effort direct from the free kick, James McKeown makes a save.

10:52

Foul by Lee Noble on Joe Colbeck, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Joe Colbeck, Header on goal by Nathan Pond from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

9:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Champion by Scott Neilson. Free kick taken by Lee Burns.

8:57

The offside flag is raised against Ross Hannah. Tom Bonner takes the free kick.

8:10

Craig Disley challenges Elliot Bradbrook unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Arber.

6:14

Elliot Bradbrook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Neilson. Derek Niven restarts play with the free kick.

5:40

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck from the right by-line, save made by Marcus Bettinelli.

4:58

Elliot Bradbrook has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

2:23

Corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the right by-line, Nathan Pond takes a shot. Save by Marcus Bettinelli.

1:33

The official flags Scott Neilson offside. Marcus Bettinelli takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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