Forest Green Rovers gave their play-off chances a boost with victory over fellow Conference Premier promotion hopefuls Grimsby Town.

Lee Hughes took just three minutes to put the hosts ahead after latching onto Marcus Kelly's ball to fire home.

Rovers grabbed a second midway through the first half when Kelly's corner was headed home by Eddie Oshodi.

Scott Neilson pulled one back for the Mariners after the break when his powerful shot smashed in off the post.

Grimsby almost grabbed an equaliser in stoppage time but Paul Green managed to head Andrew Boyce's last-ditch effort off the line.

The result means both sides lie just a point off the Conference Premier play-off places.

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Gloucestershire:

Post-match: Forest Green's Pennock

"There's a cliché saying it was a game of two halves, but that really was.

"For entertainment and goal-mouth action it was a good game for Conference football.

"I thought we dug in and showed a lot of character against a very good footballing team.

"But it's only three points and we've got another big game on Saturday against Welling."

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told to BBC Radio Humberside:

Post-match: Grimsby Town boss Hurst

"It's obviously disappointed when you lose a game of football - you're never happy.

"I think at half time I'm unhappy because we just seem to be second best at everything.

"My frustration is I'm looking out and seeing things happen on the pitch that nowhere in a million years I'm asking the players to do.

"It's hard enough coming here when it's nil-nil never mind been 2-nil down."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Forest Green Rovers

  • 01 Russell
  • 06 Bennett
  • 05 Turley
  • 03 Stokes
  • 15 Oshodi
  • 22 Green
  • 24 Kelly
  • 23 Barry (Hodgkiss - 87' )
  • 29 Hughes
  • 07 Norwood (Asafu-Adjaye - 93' )
  • 14 Taylor (Rodgers - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Asafu-Adjaye
  • 26 Rodgers
  • 02 Hodgkiss
  • 21 White
  • 09 Wright

Grimsby Town

  • 13 McKeown
  • 02 Hatton
  • 30 Boyce
  • 03 Thomas Booked
  • 05 Pearson
  • 11 Neilson (Hannah - 81' )
  • 08 Disley
  • 18 Thanoj (McLaughlin - 86' )
  • 04 Kerr
  • 29 Jennings
  • 09 Cook (Tounkara - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 26 McLaughlin
  • 17 Hannah
  • 15 Bignot
  • 28 Tounkara
  • 23 Rodman
Ref: Adam Bromley
Att: 1,219

Match Stats

Shots

12 15

On target

6 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

17 10

Live Text Commentary

+6:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1.

90:00 +4:46 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1.

90:00 +4:05

Attempt saved. Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

90:00 +2:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Ed Asafu-Adjaye replaces James Norwood.

90:00 +2:12

Attempt missed. Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:35

Attempt saved. James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

90:00 +0:46

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

89:25

Attempt saved. Luke Rodgers (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

88:39

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

86:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Jared Hodgkiss replaces Anthony Barry.

86:39

Offside, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara tries a through ball, but Oumare Tounkara is caught offside.

86:02

Offside, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara tries a through ball, but Oumare Tounkara is caught offside.

85:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Patrick McLaughlin replaces Andi Thanoj.

83:52

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

83:52

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

83:13

Attempt missed. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Jennings with a cross.

82:28

Corner, Grimsby Town.

80:54

Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

80:54

Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

80:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Scott Neilson.

78:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Luke Rodgers replaces Matty Taylor.

75:52

Offside, Grimsby Town. Scott Neilson tries a through ball, but Scott Neilson is caught offside.

71:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara replaces Andy Cook.

71:02

Corner, Grimsby Town.

70:20

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

70:20

Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

67:35

Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

67:35

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

64:25

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcus Kelly with a cross.

63:41

Foul by Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town).

63:41

Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

62:31

Foul by Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town).

62:31

Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

61:14

Foul by Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town).

61:14

Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

60:35

Hand ball by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

58:34

Foul by Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town).

58:34

Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

57:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 1. Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

57:13

Corner, Grimsby Town.

56:01

Attempt saved. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

55:14

Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

55:00

Attempt blocked. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:28

Attempt missed. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aswad Thomas with a cross.

53:03

Foul by Chris Stokes (Forest Green Rovers).

53:03

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

52:25

Foul by Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers).

52:25

Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

50:42

Corner, Grimsby Town.

47:58

Corner, Grimsby Town.

47:48

Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Aswad Thomas with a cross.

45:51

Foul by Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town).

45:51

Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 0.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 0.

45:00 +2:09

Attempt blocked. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +1:53

Foul by Anthony Barry (Forest Green Rovers).

45:00 +1:53

Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:55

Attempt missed. Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

43:56

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

41:39

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

41:39

Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

41:10

Attempt missed. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Barry.

40:34

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

40:25

Attempt saved. Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

39:44 Booking

Booking Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:35

Foul by Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town).

39:35

Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

37:59

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

37:59

Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

36:27

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

36:27

Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

35:22

Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

35:12

Attempt blocked. Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:24

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

34:24

Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

32:31

Foul by Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers).

32:31

Aswad Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

29:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 2, Grimsby Town 0. Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

29:32

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

26:36

Attempt blocked. Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Kerr.

26:13

Corner, Grimsby Town.

24:04

Foul by Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers).

24:04

Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

23:26

Foul by Andrew Boyce (Grimsby Town).

23:26

Matty Taylor (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

22:11

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

22:11

Andi Thanoj (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

21:50

Attempt saved. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

20:02

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

18:28

Foul by Paul Green (Forest Green Rovers).

18:28

Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

13:42

Foul by Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers).

13:42

Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

13:13

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

12:43

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

11:47

Foul by Andy Cook (Grimsby Town).

11:47

Dale Bennett (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

10:10

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) hits the woodwork with a right footed shot from outside the box.

9:27

Attempt blocked. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Norwood with a cross.

3:56

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

3:56

James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

2:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forest Green Rovers 1, Grimsby Town 0. Lee Hughes (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Kelly.

2:03

Foul by Jamie Turley (Forest Green Rovers).

2:03

Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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