Grimsby consolidated their Conference Premier play-off place with victory over relegation-threatened Chester.

Oumare Tounkara opened the scoring when he slotted the ball past Aaron Chapman.

Grimsby missed the chance to double their lead when Scott Nielson saw his penalty saved by Chapman, but substitute Andy Cook finally made it 2-0 with a close-range finish.

James Caton scored an injury-time consolation for the visitors from a tight angle.

Third-placed Grimsby now look set for a play-off place as they sit five points clear of sixth-placed Braintree.

Chester, however, are now just one point above the Conference Premier relegation zone.

Grimsby Town boss Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I think it was deserved. Second-half at 1-0 it starts to get a little bit nervy and then we make it 2-0 thanks to Andy Cook and then they get a fortunate goal but it still makes it a nervous last couple of minutes.

"It was a good atmosphere and it helps admittedly when we get an away following which is one of the few times that we do.

"I'm certainly not counting my chickens in terms of a play-off place."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Grimsby Town

  • 13 McKeown
  • 30 Boyce
  • 05 Pearson
  • 02 Hatton
  • 23 Rodman (Winfarrah - 87' )
  • 11 Neilson
  • 26 McLaughlin Booked
  • 08 Disley
  • 04 Kerr
  • 29 Jennings (Thanoj - 80' )
  • 28 Tounkara (Cook - 69' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 09 Cook
  • 12 McDonald
  • 18 Thanoj
  • 25 Winfarrah
  • 17 Hannah

Chester

  • 31 Chapman
  • 02 Kay Booked
  • 17 Brown
  • 30 Griffin
  • 10 Ashworth
  • 12 Turner (Caton - 46' )
  • 24 Rooney
  • 16 Bond (Seddon - 65' )
  • 08 Jarrett Booked
  • 21 Mahon
  • 07 Hobson Booked (Carlton - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 26 Carlton
  • 29 Caton
  • 05 Linwood
  • 01 Danby
  • 19 Seddon
Ref: Richard Wigglesworth
Att: 4,174

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

7 3

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 1.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 1.

90:00 +3:51

Corner, Grimsby Town.

90:00 +2:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 1. James Caton (Chester FC) right footed shot from long range on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by James Caton with a cross.

90:00 +0:01

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

89:25 Booking

Booking Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:09

Foul by Andy Cook (Grimsby Town).

89:09

Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

87:27

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

87:27

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

86:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Caine Winfarrah replaces Alex Rodman.

85:46

Corner, Chester FC.

85:18

Foul by Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town).

85:18

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

83:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 2, Chester FC 0. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Neilson with a cross.

81:45

Attempt saved. James Caton (Chester FC) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

81:25

Attempt saved. Andy Cook (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

79:59

Corner, Grimsby Town.

79:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Grimsby Town. Andi Thanoj replaces Connor Jennings.

78:57

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

78:03

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

77:40

Attempt saved. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

76:35 Booking

Booking Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:29

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

76:29

Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

75:23

Corner, Chester FC.

74:11

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

73:33

Foul by James Caton (Chester FC).

73:33

Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

70:09

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

68:43 Substitution

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

68:12

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

68:12

Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

66:44

Attempt missed. Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

66:11

Attempt missed. Gareth Seddon (Chester FC) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

65:34

Corner, Chester FC.

64:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Gareth Seddon replaces Andrew Bond.

64:33 Booking

Booking Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:15

Foul by Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town).

64:15

James Caton (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

60:09

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

58:43 Booking

Booking Michael Kay (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:36

Foul by Michael Kay (Chester FC).

58:36

Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

55:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. Danny Carlton replaces Craig Hobson.

52:38

Attempt missed. James Caton (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

52:04

Hand ball by Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town).

50:13

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

50:13

Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

49:30

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

48:49

Corner, Grimsby Town.

47:19

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

47:19

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

46:25 Booking

Booking Craig Hobson (Chester FC) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:07

Foul by Craig Hobson (Chester FC).

46:07

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

45:40

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

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chester FC. James Caton replaces Lewis Turner.

45:00

Second Half begins Grimsby Town 1, Chester FC 0.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Chester FC 0.

45:00 +1:04

Attempt blocked. John Rooney (Chester FC) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:14

Foul by Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town).

45:00 +0:14

Andy Griffin (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

44:29

Foul by Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town).

44:29

Craig Mahon (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

43:05

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

43:05

John Rooney (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

41:49

Foul by Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town).

41:49

Michael Kay (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

41:16

Attempt missed. Craig Hobson (Chester FC) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

38:14

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

38:14

Sam Hatton (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

36:02

Foul by Craig Mahon (Chester FC).

36:02

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

34:41

Foul by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC).

34:41

Alex Rodman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

32:52

Foul by Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town).

32:52

Aaron Chapman (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

31:32

Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

30:34

Penalty saved! Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top right corner.

29:26

Penalty conceded by Jason Jarrett (Chester FC) after a foul in the penalty area.

29:26

Penalty Grimsby Town. Oumare Tounkara draws a foul in the penalty area.

26:03

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

23:53

Foul by Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town).

23:53

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

23:31

Foul by Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town).

23:31

Andy Griffin (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

18:34

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

18:34

Patrick McLaughlin (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

18:02

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

17:07

Offside, Chester FC. Craig Hobson tries a through ball, but Craig Hobson is caught offside.

15:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Grimsby Town 1, Chester FC 0. Oumare Tounkara (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Kerr with a cross.

15:27

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

13:45

Hand ball by Andrew Bond (Chester FC).

12:00

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

12:00

Craig Hobson (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

9:56

Offside, Chester FC. Lewis Turner tries a through ball, but Lewis Turner is caught offside.

9:32

Foul by Scott Neilson (Grimsby Town).

9:32

Lewis Turner (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

6:13

Foul by John Rooney (Chester FC).

6:13

Scott Kerr (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

5:20

Foul by Connor Jennings (Grimsby Town).

5:20

Andy Griffin (Chester FC) wins a free kick.

4:12

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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