Grimsby 5-2 Alfreton Town

Liam Hearn scored four times as Grimsby easily defeated nine-man Alfreton.

Paul Clayton fired into the top corner to put the Reds ahead, but two clinical finishes and an effort from 20 yards from Hearn put Grimsby in control.

Alfreton had James Ellison and Drewe Broughton sent off for separate violent conduct offences before Hearn's fourth came via a shot from 12 yards.

Nathan Jarman scored a penalty for the Reds after Anthony Church's foul but an Anthony Elding header sealed the win.

Hearn only joined Grimsby in June from Alfreton after scoring 32 goals for the Reds last season.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby Town joint manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Hurst delighted by comprehensive win

"I'm delighted with the result. Liam Hearn will grab the headlines and to score four is a good achievement, particularly sweet I'm sure against his former club but it was the icing on the cake of a good performance.

"Going one goal behind is certainly not part of our team talk before the game and maybe on another day we'd have struggled to get back in front.

"With the heat, we thought that would play into our hands because it drains the players but we felt it would drain them more and it certainly looked that way as we got stronger and stronger.

"I didn't see either (red card incident) but what I would say is that Gary Silk has lost his tooth and Bradley (Wood) has got a bloodied mouth."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 03 Ridley Booked
  • 05 Kempson
  • 15 Pearson
  • 04 Church
  • 08 Disley
  • 18 Makofo (Eagle - 76' )
  • 19 Wood (Silk - 84' )
  • 07 Coulson
  • 10 Hearn
  • 12 Duffy (Elding - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Silk
  • 06 Garner
  • 11 Artus
  • 29 Eagle
  • 39 Elding

Alfreton Town

  • 01 Lowson
  • 03 Franklin
  • 05 Young
  • 12 Franks
  • 20 Hawes (Senior - 84' )
  • 07 Brown
  • 08 Moult
  • 14 Hall (Mullan - 76' )
  • 09 Clayton (Ellison - 65' Dismissed )
  • 16 Jarman
  • 26 Broughton Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 18 Turner
  • 19 Mullan
  • 22 Ellison
  • 10 Senior
Ref: Clark
Att: 2,941

Match Stats

Shots

25 7

On target

17 2

Corners

6 1

Fouls

10 3

Live Text Commentary

95:00 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:27

Assist by Michael Coulson.

90:00 +3:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Anthony Elding - Grimsby 5 - 2 Alfreton Anthony Elding finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Grimsby 5-2 Alfreton Town.

90:00 +2:23

Liam Hearn takes a shot. Save made by Dan Lowson.

90:00 +1:24

Anthony Church fouled by Nathan Jarman, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Disley takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathan Jarman - Grimsby 4 - 2 Alfreton Placed penalty scored by Nathan Jarman. Grimsby 4-2 Alfreton Town.

90:00 +0:15

Anthony Church challenges Jake Moult unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

88:48

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Leigh Franks.

88:31

Anthony Elding takes a shot. Save by Dan Lowson.

87:29

Shot on goal by Michael Coulson from just inside the area goes over the target.

85:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 4 - 1 Alfreton Liam Hearn fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Grimsby 4-1 Alfreton Town.

84:45 Dismissal

Dismissal Drewe Broughton is shown a red card for violent conduct.

84:18

Liam Hearn is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Dan Lowson.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Gary Silk coming on for Bradley Wood.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Chris Senior on for Adie Hawes.

82:14

The ball is sent over by Michael Coulson, save made by Dan Lowson.

81:39

Anthony Elding crosses the ball, Leigh Franks makes a clearance.

79:57

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Eagle, Anton Brown manages to make a clearance.

77:48

Craig Disley takes the outswinging corner, Shaun Pearson takes a shot. Save by Dan Lowson. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Eagle. Shaun Pearson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adie Hawes. Dan Lowson takes the direct free kick.

77:34

The ball is swung over by Bradley Wood, clearance made by Leigh Franks.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Mullan is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Hall.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Serge Makofo leaves the field to be replaced by Robert Eagle.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Elding is brought on as a substitute for Rob Duffy.

74:54

Unfair challenge on Anton Brown by Bradley Wood results in a free kick. Dan Lowson takes the direct free kick.

74:28

Michael Coulson takes a shot. Anton Brown gets a block in.

74:11

A cross is delivered by Serge Makofo.

73:44

Michael Coulson takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Brown.

73:11

The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Hearn. Free kick taken by Dan Lowson.

72:10 Dismissal

Dismissal James Ellison is sent off.

71:37

Michael Coulson challenges Anton Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dan Lowson restarts play with the free kick.

69:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 3 - 1 Alfreton Liam Hearn finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Grimsby 3-1 Alfreton Town.

68:39

Nathan Jarman takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

68:16

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Dan Lowson.

64:07 Substitution

Substitution James Ellison on for Paul Clayton.

63:25

Serge Makofo takes a shot. Dan Lowson gets a block in.

59:23

Rob Duffy provided the assist for the goal.

59:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 2 - 1 Alfreton Liam Hearn scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 2-1 Alfreton Town.

58:23

Jake Moult produces a cross, clearance made by Shaun Pearson.

58:07

Liam Hearn takes a shot. Save made by Dan Lowson.

56:17

The assist for the goal came from Rob Duffy.

56:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 1 - 1 Alfreton Liam Hearn finds the net with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Grimsby 1-1 Alfreton Town.

55:16 Booking

Booking Lee Ridley booked for unsporting behaviour.

55:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Clayton by Lee Ridley. Jake Moult takes the free kick.

50:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Wood on Paul Clayton. Direct free kick taken by Dan Lowson.

47:02

Rob Duffy takes a shot. Save by Dan Lowson.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:40 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:42

Effort on goal by Rob Duffy from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

43:22

Jordan Hall challenges Craig Disley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

41:49

Jordan Hall takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

40:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leigh Franks by Serge Makofo. Adie Hawes takes the direct free kick.

40:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Liam Hearn. Dan Lowson takes the free kick.

37:27

The ball is sent over by Jordan Hall, Drewe Broughton takes a shot.

36:28

Serge Makofo takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

36:12

A cross is delivered by Serge Makofo, clearance by Anton Brown.

34:55

The ball is sent over by Michael Coulson, Rob Duffy takes a shot.

34:46

The ball is swung over by Michael Coulson, Jake Moult manages to make a clearance.

33:27

The ball is delivered by Bradley Wood, clearance made by Dan Lowson.

32:12

Liam Hearn produces a cross, Greg Young makes a clearance.

31:55

Craig Disley crosses the ball, clearance by Anton Brown.

31:05

A cross is delivered by Bradley Wood, clearance made by Adie Hawes.

28:08

Liam Hearn takes a shot. Dan Lowson makes a save.

25:44

Serge Makofo produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

23:59

Liam Hearn produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar. Corner taken by Darran Kempson.

22:11

The offside flag is raised against Rob Duffy. Dan Lowson takes the free kick.

21:34

Serge Makofo takes a shot. Blocked by Leigh Franks.

19:44

Rob Duffy takes a shot. Save made by Dan Lowson.

19:01

The ball is crossed by Nathan Jarman, Bradley Wood manages to make a clearance.

18:40

Centre by Nathan Jarman, Shaun Pearson manages to make a clearance.

17:08

The assist for the goal came from Nathan Jarman.

17:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Clayton - Grimsby 0 - 1 Alfreton Paul Clayton grabs a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Grimsby 0-1 Alfreton Town.

16:44

Serge Makofo produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

16:35

Centre by Bradley Wood.

15:40

Corner taken by Jake Moult played to the near post, Craig Disley manages to make a clearance.

13:59

Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Disley, Anton Brown manages to make a clearance.

13:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adie Hawes on Rob Duffy. Craig Disley takes the free kick.

12:48

Michael Coulson takes a shot. Greg Young gets a block in.

12:04

Paul Clayton takes a shot.

11:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Liam Hearn. Dan Lowson takes the free kick.

8:57

Jordan Hall has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

8:23

Shot by Serge Makofo from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

7:39

Unfair challenge on Jake Moult by Anthony Church results in a free kick. Jake Moult takes the direct free kick.

6:26

Connor Franklin produces a cross, clearance made by Shaun Pearson.

5:40

Corner taken left-footed by Craig Disley.

4:50

Jake Moult fouled by Serge Makofo, the ref awards a free kick. Greg Young takes the free kick.

4:22

Drewe Broughton takes a shot.

3:53

Nathan Jarman produces a cross, clearance by Darran Kempson.

2:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Pearson on Drewe Broughton. Free kick taken by Jake Moult.

1:57

The assistant referee flags for offside against Leigh Franks. James McKeown takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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