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Grimsby Town 0-1 Braintree Town

Braintree boosted their play-off hopes with a narrow victory over Grimsby at Blundell Park.

Substitute Taylor Miles struck with 13 minutes remaining, cutting in from the right and firing home.

Grimsby striker Nathan Arnold's late free-kick was well saved by Tom King before Richard Tait hit the crossbar with the rebound.

The hosts remain fourth, four points above the visitors, and have won just once in their last five league games.

Meanwhile, the Iron moved level on points with Tranmere, in the last National League play-off place, but have an inferior goal difference with just three games of the season left.

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Hurst on Grimsby v Braintree

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside: "Braintree came to frustrate us and they did that.

"We lost the game and it was a bad goal on our part. We were looking to see the ball out in desperation to try to launch an attack ourselves, rather than just dealing with the ball and the lad finished it well.

"We found it difficult to create chances against what we knew beforehand. They're a very organised team that have frustrated a lot of teams this season and we're just the latest."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 3Robertson
  • 2TaitBooked at 28mins
  • 8Disley
  • 6GowlingBooked at 90mins
  • 22Nsiala
  • 20Arnold
  • 31Nolan
  • 11MonkhouseSubstituted forJenningsat 72'minutes
  • 10AmondBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBogleat 72'minutes
  • 35HobanSubstituted forPittmanat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Pearson
  • 9Bogle
  • 16Clay
  • 18Pittman
  • 34Jennings

Braintree

  • 1King
  • 17Long
  • 15PhillipsBooked at 64mins
  • 7Brundle
  • 3Habergham
  • 6Fry
  • 4IsaacSubstituted forMilesat 74'minutes
  • 30Woodyard
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forEdgarat 79'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 8DavisBooked at 84mins
  • 23Cheek

Substitutes

  • 9Marks
  • 14Miles
  • 22Edgar
  • 31Haigh
  • 32Powell
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
3,010

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamBraintree
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Braintree Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Braintree Town 1.

Richard Tait (Grimsby Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved.

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Braintree Town).

Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town).

Sean Long (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town).

Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town).

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle tries a through ball, but Omar Bogle is caught offside.

Foul by Michael Cheek (Braintree Town).

Richard Tait (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Richard Tait with a cross.

Booking

Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

Ryan Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Kenny Davis (Braintree Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town).

Ryan Jennings (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

Anthony Edgar (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Anthony Edgar replaces Dan Sparkes.

Foul by Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town).

Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Braintree Town 1. Taylor Miles (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Richard Tait with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Taylor Miles replaces Chez Isaac.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ryan Jennings replaces Andy Monkhouse.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle replaces Padraig Amond.

Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

Jon Nolan (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Mark Phillips (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Phillips (Braintree Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cheltenham432711581295292
2Forest Green432511767392886
3Dover432391173502378
4Grimsby422113877403776
5Tranmere4320121158421672
6Braintree4320121147341372
7Eastleigh4220111161501171
8Wrexham431991567501766
9Gateshead431810155262-1064
10Macclesfield431881758461262
11Lincoln City431612156460460
12Bromley43179176564160
13Barrow431612156069-960
14Aldershot43158204967-1853
15Woking421410186361252
16Southport431312184558-1351
17Torquay431211204770-2347
18Guiseley431016174365-2246
19Chester431112205768-1145
20Halifax421110215379-2643
21Boreham Wood43914203848-1041
22Altrincham43914204368-2541
23Kidderminster43811244467-2335
24Welling43811243561-2635
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