Matthew Barnes-Homer's penalty was enough for Macclesfield to defeat 10-man Grimsby.

Pablo Mills almost gave Macc the lead, but the defender's effort was cleared off the line by Craig Disley.

They eventually went ahead when Barnes-Homer fired home his spot-kick after Aswad Thomas fouled Morgan Smith.

Despite having Scott Neilson sent off late on, the Mariners were twice denied by away keeper Lance Cronin in stoppage time as they looked to level.

Barnes-Homer's goal was his 11th league goal of the season since joining in the summer and he could have had a second had he not blazed over the bar from inside the box.

The result is Grimsby's third consecutive home defeat, but they maintain their place in the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs.

Meanwhile, victory means Macclesfield move to within just three points of Grimsby and the play-off places.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby joint-manager Rob Scott told BBC Radio Humberside:

Scott wants to learn from defeat

"We could get really down about it. It's one of those things, if we had been out played today and had no chances then I'd be sitting here scratching my head a little bit.

"We just had a quick talk about it. We said the facts are their keeper has pulled off four, five or six good saves, on another day you'd score.

"Let that be a lesson, if you don't take chances, you don't win games.

"We had to change, they're quite a good side, they play quite good football but we changed the formation early in the second half and I thought we really got to grips with it then"

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 03 Thomas
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 19 Wood
  • 22 Pond
  • 04 Niven Booked (Cook - 86' )
  • 07 Colbeck (Southwell - 72' )
  • 08 Disley
  • 24 Neilson Dismissed
  • 09 Elding
  • 25 Hannah (Thanoj - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Miller
  • 11 Artus
  • 21 Thanoj
  • 12 Cook
  • 20 Southwell

Macclesfield

  • 01 Cronin
  • 02 Jackson (Henry - 50' )
  • 14 Diagne
  • 31 Martin Booked
  • 34 Mills
  • 08 Murtagh Booked
  • 11 Winn
  • 17 Wedgbury
  • 19 Kissock (Fairhurst - 81' )
  • 09 Barnes-Homer
  • 10 Morgan-Smith (Mackreth - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Mackreth
  • 18 Henry
  • 23 McNamee
  • 20 Fairhurst
  • 32 Holroyd
Ref: Whitton
Att: 3,014

Match Stats

Shots

17 13

On target

12 8

Corners

12 3

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

94:34 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:55

Corner taken right-footed by Andi Thanoj.

90:00 +3:24

Andi Thanoj takes a inswinging corner.

90:00 +3:08

Andy Cook takes a shot. Save made by Lance Cronin.

89:46

Aswad Thomas challenges Charlie Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Keiran Murtagh.

88:48

Charlie Henry restarts play with the free kick.

88:48 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Scott Neilson.

88:36

Scott Neilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keiran Murtagh.

87:42

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

87:02

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

86:31

The ball is crossed by Peter Winn.

85:52

Keiran Murtagh concedes a free kick for a foul on Aswad Thomas. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.

85:32 Substitution

Substitution Derek Niven leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Cook.

84:18 Substitution

Substitution Jack Mackreth on for Amari Morgan-Smith.

82:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Barnes-Homer - Grimsby 0 - 1 Macclesfld Matthew Barnes-Homer scores a power penalty. Grimsby 0-1 Macclesfield.

81:50

Nathan Pond gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Amari Morgan-Smith.

80:43

Peter Winn challenges Dayle Southwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bradley Wood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

80:11 Substitution

Substitution John Paul Kissock goes off and Waide Fairhurst comes on.

79:56

Effort on goal by Peter Winn from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

78:06

Effort from the edge of the area by Aswad Thomas goes wide of the left-hand post.

77:08 Booking

Booking Carl Martin receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

76:52

Carl Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Elding. Scott Neilson takes the direct free kick.

76:14

Charlie Henry takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

75:50

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andi Thanoj, Pablo Mills manages to make a clearance.

75:08

A cross is delivered by Bradley Wood, Craig Disley takes a shot. Carl Martin gets a block in.

74:30

The referee blows for offside against Amari Morgan-Smith. James McKeown takes the direct free kick.

73:22

Andi Thanoj takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andi Thanoj from the left by-line.

71:25 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Dayle Southwell coming on for Joe Colbeck.

71:25

The referee blows for offside against Matthew Barnes-Homer. James McKeown takes the indirect free kick.

70:08 Booking

Booking Shaun Pearson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

69:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Pearson on Matthew Barnes-Homer. Direct free kick taken by Keiran Murtagh.

68:52

The ball is swung over by Scott Neilson, clearance made by Carl Martin.

68:09

Peter Winn delivers the ball, clearance by Shaun Pearson.

67:08

The referee blows for offside. Lance Cronin takes the direct free kick.

66:34

Derek Niven takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Diagne.

65:55

The ball is sent over by Scott Neilson, Tony Diagne manages to make a clearance.

64:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andi Thanoj, Anthony Elding takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a save.

64:01

Scott Neilson takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin.

63:04

Andi Thanoj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Paul Kissock. Free kick crossed left-footed by Keiran Murtagh from left wing, James McKeown makes a save.

62:31

Unfair challenge on Peter Winn by Bradley Wood results in a free kick. Keiran Murtagh takes the free kick.

61:47

Corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the left by-line, Peter Winn makes a clearance.

61:33

Scott Neilson takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin.

60:27

A cross is delivered by Joe Colbeck, clearance by Charlie Henry.

59:22 Substitution

Substitution Andi Thanoj comes on in place of Ross Hannah.

58:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by John Paul Kissock, clearance by Nathan Pond.

57:57

Outswinging corner taken by John Paul Kissock, Pablo Mills takes a shot. Craig Disley makes a clearance.

57:38

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

54:49

Charlie Henry has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

54:33

A cross is delivered by Peter Winn, Nathan Pond makes a clearance.

54:13

The ball is swung over by Charlie Henry, clearance by Nathan Pond.

53:51

The ball is crossed by Aswad Thomas, Lance Cronin makes a clearance.

52:42

Sam Wedgbury fouled by Shaun Pearson, the ref awards a free kick. Keiran Murtagh delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Shaun Pearson.

52:04

Keiran Murtagh has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

49:33

Clearance made by Keiran Murtagh.

49:33 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jackson leaves the field to be replaced by Charlie Henry.

49:33

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck from the left by-line to the near post,

49:16

Scott Neilson takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin.

48:48

Unfair challenge on Derek Niven by John Paul Kissock results in a free kick. Scott Neilson takes the free kick.

47:16

Effort on goal by Ryan Jackson from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

45:48

Joe Colbeck takes a shot. Lance Cronin makes a comfortable save.

45:15

Joe Colbeck delivers the ball, Pablo Mills makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

44:35

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joe Colbeck, Keiran Murtagh makes a clearance.

44:22

Aswad Thomas crosses the ball, Pablo Mills manages to make a clearance.

43:32

Centre by Bradley Wood, Sam Wedgbury makes a clearance.

40:44

The ball is swung over by Joe Colbeck, Shaun Pearson has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

40:44 Booking

Booking Keiran Murtagh is booked.

40:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Disley by Keiran Murtagh.

37:29

Free kick crossed right-footed by Keiran Murtagh, Craig Disley manages to make a clearance.

37:29 Booking

Booking Caution for Derek Niven.

37:05

Sam Wedgbury fouled by Derek Niven, the ref awards a free kick.

34:10

The ball is crossed by Bradley Wood, Nathan Pond takes a shot.

33:31

Outswinging corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the right by-line played to the near post.

33:15

Joe Colbeck delivers the ball, Keiran Murtagh manages to make a clearance.

29:31

Ross Hannah is caught offside. Lance Cronin takes the indirect free kick.

28:12

Peter Winn delivers the ball, John Paul Kissock takes a shot. James McKeown makes a comfortable save.

25:25

Shot by Joe Colbeck from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

24:39

Amari Morgan-Smith challenges Nathan Pond unfairly and gives away a free kick. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

23:13

Matthew Barnes-Homer takes a shot. Craig Disley gets a block in.

22:24

The ball is sent over by Ryan Jackson.

22:07

Sam Wedgbury gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Neilson. Scott Neilson takes the free kick.

21:43

The ball is delivered by Anthony Elding, Peter Winn manages to make a clearance.

20:50

Unfair challenge on Scott Neilson by Carl Martin results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Colbeck.

19:22

Amari Morgan-Smith produces a cross, clearance by Nathan Pond.

19:01

A cross is delivered by Tony Diagne, save by James McKeown.

18:49

Aswad Thomas produces a cross, clearance by Tony Diagne.

17:40

Corner taken by Joe Colbeck, clearance made by Carl Martin.

16:53

A cross is delivered by Aswad Thomas, Ross Hannah takes a shot. Comfortable save by Lance Cronin.

15:44

Sam Wedgbury takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Pearson.

14:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Colbeck by Peter Winn. Shaun Pearson takes the free kick.

14:30

The ball is sent over by Peter Winn, Shaun Pearson makes a clearance.

12:37

Derek Niven takes a shot. Pablo Mills gets a block in.

10:17

Foul by Nathan Pond on Amari Morgan-Smith, free kick awarded. Centre by Keiran Murtagh, Header from close in by Carl Martin misses to the left of the target.

8:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Martin on Anthony Elding. Joe Colbeck takes the free kick.

7:29

Derek Niven takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide left of the target.

5:33

The ball is crossed by Ryan Jackson, Nathan Pond makes a clearance. Corner taken by John Paul Kissock, Shaun Pearson makes a clearance.

3:22

Corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the left by-line, clearance made by Tony Diagne. Outswinging corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the right by-line played to the near post, Sam Wedgbury makes a clearance.

2:09

Ross Hannah fouled by Sam Wedgbury, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Bradley Wood, Shaun Pearson takes a shot. Save by Lance Cronin.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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