Grimsby 4-3 Ebbsfleet Utd

A Liam Hearn double helped Grimsby beat Ebbsfleet in an exhilarating encounter.

The Grimsby striker lashed in early on and Will Antwi converted Michael Coulson's cross to double the lead.

Hearn slammed home his second from close range before Grimsby keeper James McKeown's clearance ricocheted in off Fleet midfielder Nathaniel Pinney.

Yado Mambo headed in Michael West's corner but Coulson's close-range effort restored the hosts' advantage, who held on despite Ricky Shakes's late score.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby Town joint-manager Rob Scott told BBC Radio Humberside:

Grimsby controlled the game - Scott

"For 80 minutes we were so comfortable it got too easy, I thought.

"It looks closer than it was but at the end of the day they scored three goals and we scored one more.

"I don't want us to turn into Kevin Keegan's Newcastle because they'll see me to an early grave but for Christmas I'd certainly like a few 1-0 victories."

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish told BBC Radio Kent:

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Daish bemoans refereeing decisions

"It was a crazy game. It was a horrendous start from us and we clawed ourselves back but the fourth goal really made it difficult.

"I thought there was a big decision that went against us, a blatant penalty. Talking to the Grimsby fans and they said exactly the same.

"To me, it's either a sending off or the referee has to book him for diving and he did neither."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Grimsby

  • 13 McKeown
  • 22 Townsend Booked
  • 26 I'Anson
  • 28 Antwi Booked
  • 08 Disley (Thanoj - 69' )
  • 19 Wood
  • 23 Panther
  • 25 McCartney (Artus - 69' )
  • 07 Coulson
  • 10 Hearn
  • 39 Elding

Substitutes

  • 02 Silk
  • 15 Pearson
  • 11 Artus
  • 18 Makofo
  • 21 Thanoj

Ebbsfleet United

  • 01 Edwards
  • 16 Simpemba
  • 22 Mambo
  • 02 Stone
  • 07 West
  • 08 Marwa
  • 11 Phipp (Barrett - 72' )
  • 14 Howe
  • 09 Willock
  • 15 Marum (Darvill - 82' )
  • 26 Pinney (Shakes - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Welch
  • 03 Herd
  • 24 Barrett
  • 10 Shakes
  • 23 Darvill
Ref: West
Att: 2,818

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

13 6

Corners

16 5

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:38 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:40

Jamie Darvill takes a shot. Save made by Preston Edwards. Corner taken by Michael West from the right by-line.

90:00 +4:22

Joe Howe takes a shot. Charlie I'Anson gets a block in.

90:00 +4:01

Liam Hearn crosses the ball, clearance by Ram Marwa.

90:00 +3:08

Short corner worked by Frankie Artus.

90:00 +2:32 Booking

Booking Conor Townsend is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.

90:00 +1:11

Liam Hearn is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

90:00 +0:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Ricky Shakes - Grimsby 4 - 3 Ebbsfleet Ricky Shakes fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Grimsby 4-3 Ebbsfleet United.

87:40

Andi Thanoj takes a shot. Save by Preston Edwards. Frankie Artus takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Neil Barrett.

86:56

Emmanuel Panther fouled by Jamie Darvill, the ref awards a free kick. James McKeown takes the indirect free kick.

85:41

The ball is sent over by Jamie Darvill.

84:56

Outswinging corner taken by Michael Coulson from the right by-line, save made by Preston Edwards.

83:55

Michael Coulson delivers the ball, clearance made by Yado Mambo. Corner taken by Frankie Artus played to the near post, Jamie Darvill makes a clearance.

82:34

A cross is delivered by Craig Stone, James McKeown makes a save.

81:39

Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

81:39 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Darvill comes on in place of Liam Enver-Marum.

81:39

Anthony Elding is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

81:23

Effort on goal by Liam Enver-Marum from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

80:26

Joe Howe delivers the ball, Charlie I'Anson manages to make a clearance.

79:56

Craig Stone delivers the ball, Michael Coulson manages to make a clearance.

79:44

The ball is sent over by Craig Stone, clearance by Conor Townsend.

79:30

The ball is sent over by Ricky Shakes, clearance by Charlie I'Anson.

77:45

The ball is crossed by Michael Coulson.

76:31

The ball is crossed by Bradley Wood, clearance made by Craig Stone. Corner taken by Michael Coulson from the left by-line to the near post. Free kick awarded for a foul by Andi Thanoj on Michael West. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

75:18

Andi Thanoj takes a shot. Save by Preston Edwards.

74:29

Short corner taken by Frankie Artus. A cross is delivered by Frankie Artus.

73:25

Craig Stone produces a cross.

72:00

Corner from right by-line taken by Michael Coulson.

71:36 Substitution

Substitution Neil Barrett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tom Phipp.

69:45

Michael Coulson takes a shot. Save made by Preston Edwards.

69:27

Corner taken by Michael Coulson played to the near post, Calum Willock manages to make a clearance.

68:41 Substitution

Substitution (Grimsby) makes a substitution, with Andi Thanoj coming on for Craig Disley.

68:41 Substitution

Substitution Frankie Artus joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke McCarthy.

66:27

Ricky Shakes crosses the ball, clearance made by Craig Disley.

65:30

Foul by Ram Marwa on Conor Townsend, free kick awarded. Emmanuel Panther fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Preston Edwards.

64:09

The official flags Ricky Shakes offside. Indirect free kick taken by James McKeown.

62:10

Anthony Elding is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

61:08

Corner taken by Michael Coulson from the right by-line. Unfair challenge on Yado Mambo by Charlie I'Anson results in a free kick. Preston Edwards takes the indirect free kick.

59:50

A cross is delivered by Bradley Wood, save made by Preston Edwards.

57:05

Conor Townsend takes the indirect free kick.

57:05 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Pinney goes off and Ricky Shakes comes on.

57:05

Foul by Nathaniel Pinney on Craig Disley, free kick awarded.

52:52

Strike comes in from Liam Enver-Marum from the free kick.

52:52 Booking

Booking Booking for Will Antwi for unsporting behaviour.

52:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Antwi on Nathaniel Pinney.

51:42

Michael Coulson sends in a cross, Ian Simpemba makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Michael Coulson from the right by-line, Header by Will Antwi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

51:01

The offside flag is raised against Liam Hearn. Preston Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

49:35

Will Antwi concedes a free kick for a foul on Calum Willock. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Michael West from right channel, James McKeown makes a save.

48:10

Anthony Elding provided the assist for the goal.

48:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Coulson - Grimsby 4 - 2 Ebbsfleet A goal is scored by Michael Coulson from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 4-2 Ebbsfleet United.

47:21

Anthony Elding is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Stone takes the free kick.

46:49

Conor Townsend produces a cross, clearance by Preston Edwards.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:44

The ball is sent over by Joe Howe, Charlie I'Anson makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:58

Anthony Elding crosses the ball, Yado Mambo manages to make a clearance.

44:29

Bradley Wood is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

44:03

Anthony Elding takes a shot. Ian Simpemba manages to make a clearance.

42:51

Corner taken right-footed by Michael West. Yado Mambo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Antwi. James McKeown takes the free kick.

41:20

Effort from inside the area by Michael Coulson misses to the right of the goal.

41:06

A cross is delivered by Bradley Wood, clearance by Yado Mambo.

38:03

The ball is sent over by Craig Stone, save by James McKeown.

36:51

Handball decision goes against Ian Simpemba. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Coulson, save by Preston Edwards.

36:23

Michael West crosses the ball, save by James McKeown.

35:50

Corner taken by Michael West, clearance by Will Antwi.

32:58

Anthony Elding challenges Craig Stone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Stone restarts play with the free kick.

31:29

Unfair challenge on Tom Phipp by Liam Hearn results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Preston Edwards.

29:42

The ball is sent over by Anthony Elding, Yado Mambo manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Coulson, Liam Hearn takes a shot. Blocked by Yado Mambo.

28:51

Michael West decides to take a short corner.

27:54

Assist on the goal came from Michael West.

27:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Yado Mambo - Grimsby 3 - 2 Ebbsfleet Yado Mambo scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Grimsby 3-2 Ebbsfleet United.

26:53

Bradley Wood produces a cross, Liam Hearn takes a shot. Save by Preston Edwards. Nathaniel Pinney takes a shot. Blocked by Will Antwi. Corner taken right-footed by Michael West from the left by-line,

25:16

Inswinging corner taken by Michael Coulson from the left by-line.

24:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Nathaniel Pinney - Grimsby 3 - 1 Ebbsfleet Nathaniel Pinney finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 3-1 Ebbsfleet United.

23:21

The ball is crossed by Joe Howe.

22:11

The ball is crossed by Conor Townsend. The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Coulson. Preston Edwards takes the free kick.

20:01

Corner taken by Michael Coulson from the right by-line, Headed effort from just outside the box by Charlie I'Anson misses to the left of the target.

19:09

Liam Hearn takes a shot. Preston Edwards makes a comfortable save.

17:03

Ian Simpemba concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Elding. Michael Coulson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

14:07

Emmanuel Panther concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Phipp. Yado Mambo restarts play with the free kick.

12:30

Assist by Luke McCarthy.

12:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 3 - 0 Ebbsfleet Liam Hearn finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Grimsby 3-0 Ebbsfleet United.

10:08

Michael Coulson provided the assist for the goal. Michael Coulson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ram Marwa.

10:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Will Antwi - Grimsby 2 - 0 Ebbsfleet Will Antwi finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Grimsby 2-0 Ebbsfleet United.

9:34

Michael Coulson takes the outswinging corner,

8:58

Unfair challenge on Bradley Wood by Tom Phipp results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by James McKeown.

6:31

Foul by Calum Willock on Charlie I'Anson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

5:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Coulson played to the near post, Charlie I'Anson takes a shot. Save made by Preston Edwards.

4:40

The ball is crossed by Craig Stone, Charlie I'Anson manages to make a clearance.

1:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hearn - Grimsby 1 - 0 Ebbsfleet Liam Hearn scores a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 1-0 Ebbsfleet United.

0:00

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