Paul Hurst's first match in sole charge for Grimsby after the departure of co-manager Rob Scott ended in a dire goalless draw at Chester.

Joe Colbeck was given a straight red card for the visitors just four minutes into the second half after reacting to a challenge on him by Michael Kay.

Ben Mills and Alex Titchiner had chances for Chester, but they did not seriously test keeper James McKeown.

The Mariners struggled to create chances as the game petered out.

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Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

Post-match: Grimsby Town boss Hurst

"I'm pleased with a point because of how the game went, with the sending off so early in the second half.

"I thought just towards the end of the first half, we finally looked like we were getting into our stride and playing a bit better so obviously I would have liked to keep 11 on the pitch.

"I thought we coped extremely well with it, and it's credit to the players work rate and commitment. "

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Chester

  • 01 Danby
  • 02 Kay Booked
  • 04 Horan
  • 12 L Turner
  • 17 Higginbotham
  • 20 Pugh
  • 06 Harrison
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 25 Chippendale (Mahon - 83' )
  • 09 Mills Booked (Titchiner - 68' )
  • 19 Seddon

Substitutes

  • 05 Linwood
  • 15 N Turner
  • 21 Mahon
  • 11 Lindfield
  • 22 Titchiner

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 05 Pearson
  • 06 Doig
  • 15 Bignot Booked
  • 16 Goodall
  • 04 Kerr
  • 07 Colbeck Dismissed
  • 19 Jones
  • 26 McLaughlin
  • 14 John-Lewis (Cook - 69' )
  • 17 Hannah (Hearn - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Thomas
  • 12 McDonald
  • 11 Neilson
  • 09 Cook
  • 10 Hearn
Ref: Toner
Att: 2,363

Match Stats

Shots

5 4

On target

2 2

Corners

4 2

Fouls

16 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:03

Lee Pugh concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Hearn. Alan Goodall restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick McLaughlin by Lewis Turner. Alan Goodall restarts play with the free kick.

88:15

Andy Cook gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Pugh. Free kick taken by John Danby.

84:20

Header at goal by Lewis Turner misses to the right.

82:34 Substitution

Substitution Craig Mahon on for Aidan Chippendale.

81:50

Unfair challenge on Alan Goodall by Alex Titchiner results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

79:19

George Horan challenges Andy Cook unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Goodall.

78:47

Andy Cook concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Higginbotham. John Danby restarts play with the free kick.

78:21

Aidan Chippendale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Kerr. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

77:04 Substitution

Substitution Liam Hearn replaces Ross Hannah.

76:01

Danny Higginbotham concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Cook. Scott Kerr restarts play with the free kick.

75:42

Alex Titchiner takes a shot. James McKeown safely holds on.

74:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ross Hannah. John Danby takes the free kick.

74:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Pearson by Alex Titchiner. James McKeown takes the free kick.

71:43

The offside flag is raised against Danny Higginbotham. James McKeown takes the free kick.

70:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Kay by Andy Cook. Aidan Chippendale restarts play with the free kick.

68:58

Ross Hannah fouled by George Horan, the ref awards a free kick. Alan Goodall restarts play with the free kick.

68:18 Substitution

Substitution Andy Cook joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lenell John-Lewis.

67:56 Substitution

Substitution Ben Mills leaves the field to be replaced by Alex Titchiner.

67:34 Booking

Booking

66:45

Corner taken by Aidan Chippendale. Free kick awarded for a foul by George Horan on Chris Doig. Ben Mills is shown a yellow card for dissent. James McKeown takes the free kick.

65:39

Short corner taken by Lewis Turner from the left by-line.

64:38

Foul by Chris Doig on Gareth Seddon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aidan Chippendale.

61:28

Ben Mills takes a shot. James McKeown safely holds on.

61:04

Ross Hannah is flagged offside by the assistant referee. John Danby takes the free kick.

60:18

Foul by Gareth Seddon on Alan Goodall, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

59:38

Danny Higginbotham fouled by Ross Hannah, the ref awards a free kick. John Danby takes the free kick.

55:58 Booking

Booking

55:37

Unfair challenge on Lenell John-Lewis by Michael Kay results in a free kick. Michael Kay is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ross Hannah shoots direct from the free kick against the wall.

54:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Doig by Ben Mills. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

53:08

Danny Higginbotham fouled by Lenell John-Lewis, the ref awards a free kick. John Danby takes the free kick.

49:27 Dismissal

Dismissal

49:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Kay on Joe Colbeck. Joe Colbeck is shown a red card. James McKeown takes the free kick.

46:41

Ritchie Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Aidan Chippendale. Free kick taken by John Danby.

45:53

Chris Doig concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Seddon. Free kick taken by Aidan Chippendale.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

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

45:00 +1:14

Ross Hannah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Pugh. Free kick taken by John Danby.

45:00 +0:26

Scott Kerr takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

44:05

The offside flag is raised against Lenell John-Lewis. Free kick taken by John Danby.

31:50 Booking

Booking

31:38

Paul Bignot challenges Aidan Chippendale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lewis Turner restarts play with the free kick. Caution for Paul Bignot.

25:55

Foul by Ross Hannah on Danny Higginbotham, free kick awarded. John Danby restarts play with the free kick.

24:12

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis on Danny Higginbotham, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Danby.

22:40

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ross Hannah. John Danby restarts play with the free kick.

21:54

Aidan Chippendale takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

21:09

Corner taken by Aidan Chippendale. James McKeown punches the ball.

20:48

Corner taken by Lewis Turner from the left by-line. Clearance by Shaun Pearson.

20:05

Aidan Chippendale fouled by Scott Kerr, the ref awards a free kick. Aidan Chippendale crosses the ball in from the free kick. Clearance by Shaun Pearson.

16:04

Corner taken by Patrick McLaughlin. Clearance by Lewis Turner.

15:23

Danny Harrison challenges Ritchie Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick McLaughlin.

14:31

Ben Mills takes a shot.

11:13

Corner taken by Patrick McLaughlin. Ross Hannah takes a shot. John Danby catches the ball.

10:37

George Horan concedes a free kick for a foul on Lenell John-Lewis. Paul Bignot restarts play with the free kick.

8:18

Lenell John-Lewis has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

4:01

Danny Higginbotham concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Kerr. James McKeown takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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