Grimsby missed the chance to return to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier as they could only draw with Ebbsfleet.

After the Mariners' promotion rivals Newport won earlier in the afternoon, Grimsby went ahead through Marcus Marshall's sublime curling effort.

But the hosts levelled when Tom Phipp passed to Matt Godden, who fired in his second goal for the Fleet.

Grimsby could have won it, but Michael Rankine shot wide to leave his side two points behind first-placed Newport.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

Daish - that's a very good point

"The lads showed a lot of character, we didn't lose our shape or discipline, we created chances and I'm pleased to see Matt Godden score.

"It was a hard game against the league leaders. They've got some good players and that's a good point and we're pleased.

"The two centre-halves were magnificent. It was well deserved. The run continues, which is good."

Grimsby joint-boss Rob Scott told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It looked like two games within one really. I thought we started the game poorly, we put ourselves under massive pressure from what was our kick-off.

"When all is said and done it was probably a fair result and a good point on the road which we may look back on and think it was a good point. Although we feel we could have done enough to get three if we carried on playing as we did in the first-half."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 04 Ada
  • 02 Stone
  • 11 Phipp
  • 14 Howe
  • 15 Barrett
  • 18 Azeez (Bellamy - 81' )
  • 23 Carew
  • 05 Walsh
  • 07 Marum (Ashikodi - 70' )
  • 25 Godden

Substitutes

  • 12 Menz
  • 03 Blake
  • 16 Bellamy
  • 17 Greenhalgh
  • 10 Ashikodi

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 02 Hatton
  • 03 Thomas
  • 05 Pearson
  • 04 Niven
  • 08 Disley
  • 22 Pond
  • 26 Marshall
  • 12 Cook (Rankine - 77' )
  • 20 Southwell (Colbeck - 69' )
  • 25 Hannah

Substitutes

  • 06 Miller
  • 07 Colbeck
  • 19 Wood
  • 21 Thanoj
  • 27 Rankine
Ref: Bromley
Att: 1,164

Match Stats

Shots

9 12

On target

9 5

Corners

9 7

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:31 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

89:47

Michael Rankine has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

89:29

Tom Phipp produces a cross, save made by James McKeown.

88:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Pond by Liam Bellamy. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.

87:13

A cross is delivered by Ashley Carew.

86:14

Derek Niven produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

85:40

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck, Moses Ashikodi manages to make a clearance.

84:19

Ashley Carew takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Nathan Pond.

83:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Ada on Ross Hannah. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sam Hatton from right channel, Preston Edwards makes a save.

82:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Disley on Liam Bellamy. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

81:00

Drilled right-footed shot by Derek Niven. Phil Walsh gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Marcus Marshall, Preston Edwards makes a save.

80:22 Substitution

Substitution Liam Bellamy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lanre Azeez.

79:30

The ball is sent over by Moses Ashikodi, save by James McKeown.

76:40 Substitution

Substitution Michael Rankine joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andy Cook.

76:40

Foul by Craig Disley on Neil Barrett, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

76:03

Aswad Thomas challenges Craig Stone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

74:41

The offside flag is raised against Matt Godden. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.

73:26

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Marcus Marshall.

72:43

Corner taken by Ashley Carew from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Pond.

69:34 Substitution

Substitution (Ebbsfleet United) makes a substitution, with Moses Ashikodi coming on for Liam Enver-Marum.

69:19

Shot on goal by Ross Hannah from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

68:26 Substitution

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

67:12

Marcus Marshall produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Preston Edwards. Corner from the right by-line taken by Marcus Marshall, Lanre Azeez manages to make a clearance.

66:46

Effort from 25 yards by Ashley Carew. Save made by James McKeown.

65:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Pearson by Joe Howe. James McKeown takes the direct free kick.

64:36

Craig Stone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Cook. Free kick taken by Sam Hatton.

62:43

A cross is delivered by Lanre Azeez, clearance made by Shaun Pearson. Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Carew, clearance made by Aswad Thomas.

61:00

Unfair challenge on Shaun Pearson by Matt Godden results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sam Hatton.

60:04

The referee blows for offside. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

59:46

The ball is crossed by Andy Cook, clearance made by Phil Walsh.

58:28

Ross Hannah produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

57:21

Lanre Azeez has a volleyed shot. Aswad Thomas gets a block in.

54:28

Effort on goal by Andy Cook from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:21

Foul by Neil Barrett on Andy Cook, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sam Hatton.

51:28

Outswinging corner taken by Marcus Marshall, Header from deep inside the area by Shaun Pearson goes over the bar.

50:31

Ross Hannah is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

49:17

Sam Hatton concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Godden. Phil Walsh takes the indirect free kick.

47:40

Matt Godden has an effort at goal. Save by James McKeown.

47:15

Ross Hannah is caught offside. Free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

45:35

Unfair challenge on Craig Disley by Neil Barrett results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James McKeown.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:25

Foul by Neil Barrett on Craig Disley, free kick awarded. James McKeown takes the free kick.

43:36

Corner taken by Ashley Carew from the left by-line played to the near post, Dayle Southwell manages to make a clearance.

41:57

Assist by Tom Phipp.

41:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Godden - Ebbsfleet 1 - 1 Grimsby Matt Godden finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 1-1 Grimsby.

40:52

Joe Howe fouled by Dayle Southwell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

39:51

The ball is sent over by Liam Enver-Marum, save by James McKeown.

34:38

Craig Disley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Carew. Ashley Carew restarts play with the free kick.

33:32

Effort on goal by Tom Phipp from 25 yards. Save by James McKeown.

32:38

The ball is delivered by Sam Hatton.

30:50

Liam Enver-Marum takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

29:37

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Marcus Marshall, Shaun Pearson takes a shot. Preston Edwards makes a save.

29:11

Marcus Marshall fouled by Tom Phipp, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Marshall restarts play with the free kick.

28:00

Ross Hannah produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

27:20

The ball is swung over by Joe Howe.

21:24

Shot by Liam Enver-Marum. Blocked by Derek Niven. Corner taken by Ashley Carew from the left by-line to the near post.

20:08

Matt Godden takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown. Ashley Carew takes the outswinging corner, Aswad Thomas makes a clearance.

13:01

Aswad Thomas crosses the ball, Preston Edwards manages to make a clearance.

10:50

Neil Barrett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Disley. Sam Hatton takes the indirect free kick.

9:17

Andy Cook concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Howe. Free kick taken by Patrick Ada.

8:21

Outswinging corner taken by Marcus Marshall, Shot from 20 yards by Dayle Southwell. Blocked by Patrick Ada.

7:12

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Carew, save by James McKeown. Neil Barrett takes a shot. Nathan Pond gets a block in. Corner from right by-line taken by Ashley Carew.

6:42

Short corner taken by Ashley Carew.

5:57

Craig Stone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Marshall. Free kick taken by Aswad Thomas.

5:28

Dayle Southwell produces a cross.

2:40

Ross Hannah provided the assist for the goal.

2:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Marshall - Ebbsfleet 0 - 1 Grimsby Marcus Marshall fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Ebbsfleet United 0-1 Grimsby.

0:27

The ball is sent over by Matt Godden.

0:00

The game begins.

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