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Grimsby Town 1-1 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green Rovers remain top of the National League after a battling 1-1 draw with Grimsby at Blundell Park.

The hosts took the lead in the 31st minute through Jon-Paul Pittman's low left-footed effort.

The league leaders responded within three minutes when Jon Parkin guided his left-footed effort into the bottom left corner of the Grimsby net.

The Mariners pushed for a winner in the second half, but it evaded them and Forest Green held on for a point.

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Hurst on Grimsby Town v Forest Green

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought we did pretty well. The dressing room after is relatively quiet. There's no-one certainly jumping about for joy at getting a draw.

"I've told them to get their heads up and I was quite happy with a lot of what I saw.

"Overall I was happy with the performance and it was a game that I think unsurprisingly had not too many real clear cut chances because it's two decent teams and you very rarely get lots of goalmouth action."

Forest Green assistant boss Jamie Day told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"The boys played with confidence. I'm pleased that we got something from the game that we can take forward to Wednesday (away to Aldershot). Obviously we would have liked three points though.

"We had good spells during the game where we were on top, but I thought we defended pretty well too.

"It was a fantastic touch from Parkin to bring it down with a really good finish. We know what he is about and he showed his quality.

"If we said after the amount of games we have played that we were still top of the table we would have snapped your hand off. We're still full of confidence and we have a team that works extremely hard throughout the week."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 3Robertson
  • 23EastBooked at 57mins
  • 8Disley
  • 6Gowling
  • 5PearsonBooked at 71mins
  • 7MackrethSubstituted forMarshallat 78'minutes
  • 11Monkhouse
  • 16Clay
  • 18PittmanSubstituted forBogleat 71'minutes
  • 27TomlinsonSubstituted forAmondat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bogle
  • 10Amond
  • 14Marshall
  • 20Arnold
  • 22Nsiala

Forest Green

  • 23Maxted
  • 5JonesBooked at 30mins
  • 6Bennett
  • 11Frear
  • 9Marsh-BrownSubstituted forPipeat 83'minutes
  • 16Racine
  • 10Kelly
  • 19Sinclair
  • 24Carter
  • 17Guthrie
  • 20ParkinBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 4Clough
  • 7O'Connor
  • 8Wedgbury
  • 25Eve
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
5,034

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away3
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Attempt missed. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers).

Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town).

Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. David Pipe replaces Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Foul by Jon Parkin (Forest Green Rovers).

Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Padraig Amond replaces Ben Tomlinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Marcus Marshall replaces Jack Mackreth.

Attempt saved. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Elliott Frear.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Grimsby Town).

Darren Carter (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle replaces Jon-Paul Pittman.

Booking

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

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Grimsby Town).

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

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Jon Parkin tries a through ball, but Jon Parkin is caught offside.

Foul by Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

Kurtis Guthrie (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Ben Tomlinson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Rob Sinclair (Forest Green Rovers).

Craig Disley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Danny East (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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