Goals from Gavin Cowan and Andy Brown saw Nuneaton beat 10-man Grimsby to maintain their unbeaten start to the Conference Premier season.

Cowan headed in James Armson's corner to give Boro the lead midway through the first half before Brown nodded in Danny Sleath's cross soon after.

Grimsby's Aswad Thomas was then sent off for kicking out off the ball.

Andy Cook headed in Alex Rodman's corner late on but Nuneaton held on to claim their fourth win in six games.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby joint-manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

Post-match: Grimsby Town boss Hurst

"We spoke about being disappointed last season when we played them, particularly the second game, and it just seems to be a recurring theme with the opposition.

"It doesn't matter what you do in training and how much training you do and what you work on, things are happening that you can't legislate for and that's sort of summed up perfectly with the sending off.

"You hope that the last two victories last weekend gave them confidence but I don't know if it hasn't or whether or not it's a case of them thinking that they're better than what they are."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 03 Thomas Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 05 Pearson
  • 06 Doig
  • 15 Bignot
  • 07 Colbeck (Walker - 46' )
  • 08 Disley
  • 18 Thanoj
  • 23 Rodman
  • 26 McLaughlin (Hearn - 37' )
  • 14 John-Lewis (Cook - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Walker
  • 04 Kerr
  • 11 Neilson
  • 09 Cook
  • 10 Hearn

Nuneaton

  • 01 Evtimov
  • 03 Bell
  • 04 Cowan
  • 05 Dean
  • 06 Walker
  • 07 Armson
  • 11 Streete Booked
  • 13 Sleath
  • 09 Moult
  • 10 Brown
  • 16 York (Taylor - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Gordon
  • 08 Adams
  • 21 Bell
  • 17 Taylor
  • 18 Pearson
Ref: Holmes
Att: 3,321

Match Stats

Shots

6 18

On target

1 8

Corners

6 9

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:22 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

87:40

Liam Hearn takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

85:44

The assist for the goal came from Alex Rodman.

85:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Cook - Grimsby 1 - 2 Nuneaton Andy Cook scores a headed goal. Grimsby 1-2 Nuneaton.

85:20

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alex Rodman.

84:51

Shot by Louis Moult went wide right of the net.

83:20

The ball is sent over by Amari'i Bell. Clearance by Shaun Pearson.

82:25

Liam Hearn sends in a cross. Dimitar Evtimov catches the ball.

81:54

Danny Sleath delivers the ball. Clearance made by Shaun Pearson.

80:33

Andy Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Doig. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

79:15

Theo Streete gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Cook. Free kick crossed by Andy Cook. Dimitar Evtimov safely holds on.

78:30

Shaun Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Connor Taylor. Theo Streete takes the free kick.

76:59

Shot by Louis Moult went over the crossbar.

76:09 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Andy Cook coming on for Lenell John-Lewis.

75:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Armson. Danny Sleath takes a shot. James McKeown safely holds on.

73:41

Corner taken by James Armson from the right by-line.

69:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Hearn by Gareth Dean. Craig Disley takes the free kick.

67:40

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Armson. Theo Streete takes a shot. James McKeown makes a block.

66:53

Corner taken by Alex Rodman. Clearance made by Connor Taylor.

66:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gavin Cowan on Lenell John-Lewis. Chris Doig takes the free kick.

65:16

Corner taken by Adam Walker from the left by-line. James McKeown safely holds on.

64:28

Centre by Paul Walker. Adam Walker makes a clearance.

63:25

Amari'i Bell sends in a cross that goes out.

62:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Sleath by Craig Disley. James Armson crosses the ball. Header by Gavin Cowan misses to the right of the target.

61:58

Danny Sleath takes a shot. James McKeown parries the effort to safety.

60:06

Corner taken by Adam Walker. Header by Theo Streete goes harmlessly over the bar.

58:36

Craig Disley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Amari'i Bell. Dimitar Evtimov restarts play with the free kick.

58:19

The ball is delivered by Paul Walker. Clearance by Adam Walker.

54:51

Corner taken by Adam Walker from the left by-line. Header by Gavin Cowan goes to the left of the goal.

53:48

Craig Disley concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Walker. Adam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

53:30

The ball is crossed by Connor Taylor.

52:35 Substitution

Substitution Connor Taylor replaces Wesley York.

51:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lenell John-Lewis by Adam Walker. Lenell John-Lewis restarts play with the free kick.

50:44

Shot by Andi Thanoj went wide of the right-hand upright.

50:20

Theo Streete concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Bignot. Free kick taken by Alex Rodman.

49:09

A cross is delivered by Amari'i Bell. Clearance by Alex Rodman.

48:43

Centre by Paul Bignot. Gavin Cowan makes a clearance.

47:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Moult by Chris Doig. Louis Moult fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.

45:52

Corner taken by Alex Rodman. Amari'i Bell manages to make a clearance.

45:28

Corner taken by Alex Rodman from the right by-line. James Armson makes a clearance.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Paul Walker replaces Joe Colbeck.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

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

45:00 +0:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Streete by Craig Disley. Free kick taken by Theo Streete.

44:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Armson. Header by Gavin Cowan goes harmlessly over the bar.

44:09

The ball is delivered by Andy Brown. Louis Moult takes a shot. James McKeown safely holds on.

43:37

Danny Sleath takes a shot. James McKeown catches the ball.

42:24

The referee red cards Aswad Thomas for violent conduct.

42:24 Dismissal

Dismissal

41:24

Louis Moult takes a shot. James McKeown catches the ball.

39:06

Adam Walker concedes a free kick for a foul on Lenell John-Lewis. Alex Rodman crosses the ball in from the free kick. Dimitar Evtimov catches the ball.

38:10

Paul Bignot sends in a cross. Header by Craig Disley misses left.

37:05

Louis Moult fouled by Shaun Pearson, the ref awards a free kick. James Armson restarts play with the free kick.

36:43 Substitution

Substitution Patrick McLaughlin goes off and Liam Hearn comes on.

36:01

Alex Rodman challenges Adam Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Walker takes the free kick.

35:11 Booking

Booking

34:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Streete by Aswad Thomas. Booking for Aswad Thomas for unsporting behaviour. Adam Walker crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance made by Chris Doig.

34:31

Header by Andy Brown goes to the left of the goal.

32:52

Assist by Danny Sleath.

32:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Brown - Grimsby 0 - 2 Nuneaton Andy Brown grabs a goal with a headed effort. Grimsby 0-2 Nuneaton.

32:11

Centre by Danny Sleath.

31:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Brown on Shaun Pearson. James McKeown takes the free kick.

25:59

Assist by James Armson.

25:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Gavin Cowan - Grimsby 0 - 1 Nuneaton Gavin Cowan grabs a goal with a headed effort. Grimsby 0-1 Nuneaton.

25:33

Corner taken by James Armson from the right by-line.

24:58

Foul by Aswad Thomas on Wesley York, free kick awarded. Dimitar Evtimov takes the free kick.

24:13

Adam Walker fouled by Andi Thanoj, the ref awards a free kick. Dimitar Evtimov takes the free kick.

23:43

The ball is sent over by Paul Bignot. Gavin Cowan makes a clearance.

19:42 Booking

Booking

19:39

Alex Rodman fouled by Theo Streete, the ref awards a free kick. Theo Streete goes into the referee's book. Patrick McLaughlin crosses the ball in from the free kick. Dimitar Evtimov catches the ball.

16:19

The assistant referee signals for offside against Patrick McLaughlin. Dimitar Evtimov restarts play with the free kick.

15:46

Header at goal by Andy Brown goes right of the post.

14:38

Aswad Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley York. James Armson crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance made by Craig Disley.

13:47

Wesley York takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

13:37

A cross is delivered by Amari'i Bell. Clearance made by Shaun Pearson.

11:03

Shot by Craig Disley went wide left of the goal.

10:26

Patrick McLaughlin takes a short corner.

8:14

Paul Bignot fouled by Danny Sleath, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

5:40

Amari'i Bell fouled by Joe Colbeck, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dimitar Evtimov.

5:04

Louis Moult concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Bignot. James McKeown takes the free kick.

4:24

Corner taken by James Armson. Clearance by Craig Disley.

2:12

Louis Moult gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Rodman. Patrick McLaughlin has an effort direct from the free kick that flies over the crossbar.

1:47

Corner from the right by-line taken by Patrick McLaughlin. Clearance by Wesley York.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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