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Walsall 1-3 Grimsby Town

James Hanson scored his fifth goal in six games after his brace helped Grimsby come from behind to go fourth in League Two with a 3-1 win at struggling Walsall.

The Saddlers took the lead within five minutes as Caolan Lavery poked home from six yards after Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown saved Elijah Adebayo's near-post shot.

Grimsby almost levelled soon after but Walsall keeper Liam Roberts made a superb fingertip save to thwart Matt Green's far-post header from a Luke Hendrie cross.

But Roberts was at fault for the Mariners' 41st-minute leveller, his weak punch from a corner finding Elliott Whitehouse who headed home via a slight deflection.

McKeown made a smart save to foil Rory Holden's curler early in the second half but Grimsby went ahead in the 68th minute as an unmarked Hanson bulleted home a header from Green's cross.

Hanson sealed the points with a spot-kick in the 81st minute, drilling a penalty straight down the middle after Cameron Pring barged over Grimsby substitute Max Wright.

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Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 6Scarr
  • 4SadlerSubstituted forGuthrieat 75'minutes
  • 3PringBooked at 80mins
  • 15Holden
  • 26Liddle
  • 7Sinclair
  • 17HardySubstituted forMcDonaldat 75'minutes
  • 11Adebayo
  • 9LaverySubstituted forGordonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Norman
  • 8Kinsella
  • 10Gordon
  • 13Rose
  • 16Guthrie
  • 25McDonald
  • 33Jules

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 22Hewitt
  • 6Waterfall
  • 5ÖhmanBooked at 20mins
  • 2Hendrie
  • 11CookSubstituted forWrightat 69'minutes
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 10Whitehouse
  • 7GreenSubstituted forPollockat 83'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 20OgbuSubstituted forGibsonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gibson
  • 17Cardwell
  • 18Vernam
  • 19Wright
  • 21Ring
  • 23Russell
  • 25Pollock
Referee:
David Rock
Attendance:
4,812

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 1, Grimsby Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Grimsby Town 3.

Attempt saved. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Gordon.

Foul by Elijah Adebayo (Walsall).

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Gibson (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by James Hanson.

Offside, Walsall. Danny Guthrie tries a through ball, but Josh Gordon is caught offside.

Rory Holden (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Gibson (Grimsby Town).

Attempt saved. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).

Attempt blocked. Max Wright (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Hessenthaler.

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Walsall).

James Hanson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Matthew Pollock replaces Matt Green.

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Walsall).

James Hanson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Grimsby Town 3. James Hanson (Grimsby Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Cameron Pring (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Cameron Pring (Walsall) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Grimsby Town. Max Wright draws a foul in the penalty area.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Luke Waterfall tries a through ball, but James Hanson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Liam Gibson replaces Moses Ogbu.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by James McKeown.

Attempt saved. Josh Gordon (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ludvig Öhman.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Danny Guthrie replaces Mat Sadler.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Wesley McDonald replaces James Hardy.

Attempt missed. Rory Holden (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elliott Whitehouse (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Max Wright.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke Waterfall.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Max Wright replaces Jordan Cook.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Grimsby Town 2. James Hanson (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Green with a cross.

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Hanson (Grimsby Town).

Hand ball by Matt Green (Grimsby Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter642073414
2Newport633062412
3Crewe640277012
4Grimsby6321137611
5Swindon6321117411
6Plymouth6312106410
7Macclesfield631285310
8Crawley6312108210
9Forest Green631255010
10Port Vale623189-19
11Cheltenham62228538
12Bradford62226428
13Cambridge62226608
14Colchester62226608
15Leyton Orient622279-28
16Salford61418807
17Northampton62136607
18Carlisle6213710-37
19Mansfield61328806
20Morecambe6123610-45
21Walsall612338-55
22Oldham611438-54
23Stevenage603326-43
24Scunthorpe6015513-81
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