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FC Halifax Town 4-2 Grimsby Town

Nicky Wroe
Nicky Wroe has played for several clubs during his career including Torquay and Preston

Halifax moved out of the National League relegation zone with a stunning victory over high-flying Grimsby.

Billy Whitehouse's debut goal, James Bolton's driven effort and Nicky Wroe's cool finish gave the home side a surprise three-goal lead at half-time.

Padraig Amond gave the visitors hope late on before Jake Hibbs placed one into the top corner to restore the two-goal cushion.

The Mariners' Jon Nolan smashed in a late consolation as Halifax held on.

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

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Hurst on FC Halifax v Grimsby Town

"We were certainly punished. They were very dangerous on the break and I think we had more of the ball, but then give it away in some bad areas.

"The first two goals were an inability to defend a set piece and a ball in the box. They were pretty lethal in their attacks.

"In the end, what happens in both boxes determines games of football and certainly Halifax were very clinical and we were perhaps a bit toothless.

"We did have our opportunities to score and when you're behind in the game you need to take them."

Line-ups

Halifax

  • 23Johnson
  • 14Brown
  • 2Bolton
  • 35WroeBooked at 40minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 73'minutes
  • 15Roberts
  • 3McManus
  • 6Bencherif
  • 4James
  • 17MacDonaldSubstituted forHibbsat 55'minutes
  • 39Whitehouse
  • 12PeniketSubstituted forBurrowat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Porter
  • 9Burrow
  • 11Walker
  • 16Hibbs
  • 40McDonald

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Tait
  • 22Nsiala
  • 31Nolan
  • 6Gowling
  • 16Clay
  • 11MonkhouseSubstituted forArnoldat 46'minutes
  • 3Robertson
  • 34JenningsSubstituted forStrakerat 75'minutes
  • 9BogleSubstituted forPittmanat 46'minutes
  • 10Amond

Substitutes

  • 5Pearson
  • 18Pittman
  • 20Arnold
  • 32Horwood
  • 33Straker
Referee:
John Brooks

Match Stats

Home TeamHalifaxAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 2.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Goal!

Goal! FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 2. Jon Nolan (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! FC Halifax Town 4, Grimsby Town 1. Jake Hibbs (FC Halifax Town) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! FC Halifax Town 3, Grimsby Town 1. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Arnold.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town).

Shaquille McDonald (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Jake Hibbs (FC Halifax Town).

Jon Nolan (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jordan Burrow (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Anthony Straker replaces Ryan Jennings.

Foul by Jordan Burrow (FC Halifax Town).

Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Shaquille McDonald replaces Nicky Wroe.

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Jordan Burrow tries a through ball, but Jordan Burrow is caught offside.

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Jordan Burrow tries a through ball, but Jordan Burrow is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jordan Burrow replaces Richard Peniket.

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

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Billy Whitehouse (FC Halifax Town).

Ryan Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Richard Peniket (FC Halifax Town).

Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

Matty Brown (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jake Hibbs replaces Josh MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Gregor Robertson (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Nathan Arnold.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Richard Peniket (FC Halifax Town).

Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Billy Whitehouse (FC Halifax Town).

Richard Tait (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ryan Jennings (Grimsby Town).

Nicky Wroe (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham34239266224478
2Forest Green34235659322774
3Grimsby321611563283559
4Tranmere341591044341054
5Gateshead33166114449-554
6Wrexham341571258441452
7Dover31157955421352
8Lincoln City351410115446852
9Braintree30148834241050
10Eastleigh32148105045550
11Woking341471356451149
12Macclesfield33152164740747
13Aldershot33126153947-842
14Bromley32125155357-441
15Chester33109144149-839
16Southport33109143345-1239
17Guiseley32911123147-1638
18Barrow32108144158-1738
19Altrincham33810153255-2334
20Halifax3289154766-1933
21Boreham Wood33711152734-732
22Welling3268182545-2026
23Kidderminster3359193453-1924
24Torquay3058173359-2623
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