Grimsby retained fourth place in the Conference Premier with victory over fellow promotion chasers Barnet.

Ross Hannah bagged the opener by smashing a half-volley into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Liam Hearn added the second with a simple right-footed finish after Andy Cook skipped into the box and unselfishly squared to him.

Dave Stephens fired in a stunning volley from 25 yards to halve the deficit, but the Mariners held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"The players deserve loads of credit.

"We had a tough run in terms of the amount of effort we have had to put into games recently

"At half-time I said Portsmouth would knock the ball around and I spoke about the patience we would need.

"I thought more than any team we have played it would be a very different game at it was."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Grimsby Town

  • 13 McKeown
  • 02 Hatton
  • 12 McDonald
  • 03 Thomas
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 08 Disley
  • 04 Kerr
  • 23 Rodman
  • 26 McLaughlin
  • 17 Hannah (Colbeck - 75' )
  • 14 John-Lewis (Cook - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Colbeck
  • 09 Cook
  • 11 Neilson
  • 10 Hearn (Colbeck - 96' )
  • 15 Bignot

Barnet

  • 29 Stack
  • 30 Stephens
  • 03 Johnson
  • 06 Saville Booked
  • 19 Villa López
  • 15 Cadogan
  • 14 Abdullah (Gambin - 77' )
  • 01 Davids
  • 02 Yiadom
  • 04 Weston
  • 21 Sykes (Nurse - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Jupp
  • 08 Byrne
  • 28 Nurse
  • 39 Fletcher
  • 11 Gambin
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 3,441

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

4 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

+9:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Grimsby Town 2, Barnet 1.

90:00 +6:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 2, Barnet 1.

90:00 +5:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Joe Colbeck replaces Liam Hearn because of an injury.

90:00 +3:18

Foul by Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town).

90:00 +3:18

Luke Gambin (Barnet) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:27

Foul by Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town).

90:00 +2:27

Edgar Davids (Barnet) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:48

Attempt saved. Luisma (Barnet) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

87:26

Foul by Jack Saville (Barnet).

87:26

Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

86:36

Attempt missed. Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

85:52

Foul by David Stephens (Barnet).

85:52

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

85:38

Foul by Andy Cook (Grimsby Town).

85:38

Luisma (Barnet) wins a free kick.

85:06

Attempt missed. Luisma (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

83:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Barnet 1. David Stephens (Barnet).

82:56

Foul by Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town).

82:56

Luke Gambin (Barnet) wins a free kick.

82:21

Offside, Grimsby Town. Andy Cook tries a through ball, but Andy Cook is caught offside.

80:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Barnet 0. Liam Hearn (Grimsby Town).

79:08

Attempt missed. Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

78:08

Foul by Jack Saville (Barnet).

78:08

Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

77:20

Corner, Grimsby Town.

76:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnet. Luke Gambin replaces Ahmed Abdullah.

76:16

Foul by Luisma (Barnet).

76:16

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

74:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Liam Hearn replaces Ross Hannah.

74:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Andy Cook replaces Lenell John-Lewis.

73:46

Attempt missed. Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

71:34

Attempt missed. Kieron Cadogan (Barnet) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jon Nurse with a cross.

69:36

Offside, Grimsby Town. Clayton McDonald tries a through ball, but Clayton McDonald is caught offside.

68:51

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Barnet).

68:51

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

68:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnet. Jon Nurse replaces George Sykes.

66:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Barnet 0. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

65:43

Attempt saved. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ross Hannah with a cross.

63:30

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

57:54

Foul by George Sykes (Barnet).

57:54

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

56:29

Attempt missed. Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lenell John-Lewis with a cross.

56:10

Offside, Barnet. Luisma tries a through ball, but Luisma is caught offside.

54:35

Attempt missed. David Stephens (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

51:37

Corner, Barnet.

50:08

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town).

50:08

Luisma (Barnet) wins a free kick.

49:05

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

49:05

Edgar Davids (Barnet) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Grimsby Town 0, Barnet 0.

45:00 +2:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Barnet 0.

45:00 +1:43

Offside, Barnet. George Sykes tries a through ball, but George Sykes is caught offside.

43:37

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

42:49

Foul by David Stephens (Barnet).

42:49

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

41:32

Foul by Luisma (Barnet).

41:32

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

39:17

Foul by Ahmed Abdullah (Barnet).

39:17

Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

37:35

Attempt missed. Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

36:34

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

36:34

Andy Yiadom (Barnet) wins a free kick.

35:15

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross Hannah with a cross.

32:00

Hand ball by Luisma (Barnet).

27:51

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

24:32

Attempt missed. Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

23:47 Booking

Booking Jack Saville (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

23:32

Foul by Jack Saville (Barnet).

23:32

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

23:08

Attempt saved. Kieron Cadogan (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

22:14 Booking

Booking Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:59

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

21:59

George Sykes (Barnet) wins a free kick.

19:40

Attempt saved. Clayton McDonald (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Scott Kerr with a cross.

18:49

Foul by Jack Saville (Barnet).

18:49

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

18:22

Attempt saved. Elliot Johnson (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

15:55

Attempt blocked. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:41

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah tries a through ball, but Ross Hannah is caught offside.

13:32

Corner, Barnet.

12:58

Attempt blocked. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:06

Offside, Grimsby Town. Lenell John-Lewis tries a through ball, but Lenell John-Lewis is caught offside.

9:06

Attempt blocked. Luisma (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:26

Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick McLaughlin with a cross.

7:41

Foul by Jack Saville (Barnet).

7:41

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

5:58

Corner, Barnet.

4:30

Foul by Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town).

4:30

Luisma (Barnet) wins a free kick.

3:15

Foul by Ross Hannah (Grimsby Town).

3:15

Andy Yiadom (Barnet) wins a free kick.

2:24

Attempt saved. Luisma (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

1:42

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

1:42

Edgar Davids (Barnet) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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