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Grimsby Town 0-1 Exeter City

Ian Holloway suffered defeat for the first time as Grimsby manager as Exeter earned a narrow 1-0 League Two victory at Blundell Park.

Nicky Law scored the winner midway through the second half as the Grecians moved level on points with Swindon at the top of the League Two standings.

Chances were few and far between during the opening stages.

But the game burst into life when Grimsby midfielder Elliott Whitehouse combined with loanee Anthony Glennon, before curling a chance against the post.

As the clock ticked by, it was the home side who forged more regular openings, but they were indebted to long-serving goalkeeper James McKeown at the other end, notably producing a stunning save from Pierce Sweeney's effort.

Upon the restart, Billy Clarke and Harry Clifton both took aim, with the former seeing his header bounce back off the post.

Exeter began to make their mark in the final third - sealing the points after 68 minutes when Law picked Harry Clifton's pocket before placing the ball beyond McKeown with his left foot.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Hendrie
  • 5Öhman
  • 25Pollock
  • 33Driscoll-Glennon
  • 8HessenthalerSubstituted forBensonat 75'minutes
  • 15Clifton
  • 10WhitehouseSubstituted forHansonat 68'minutes
  • 19WrightSubstituted forTilleyat 58'minutes
  • 16Clarke
  • 18VernamBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 9Hanson
  • 20Benson
  • 21Tilley
  • 22Hewitt
  • 23Russell
  • 26Buckley
  • 29Starbuck

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 15Parkes
  • 11Williams
  • 25Taylor
  • 27Collins
  • 8Law
  • 24DickensonSubstituted forMoxeyat 64'minutes
  • 12BowmanBooked at 32mins
  • 7MartinSubstituted forRandallat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ward
  • 14Ajose
  • 17Jay
  • 20Richardson
  • 21Moxey
  • 26Randall
  • 35Seymour
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
6,021

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 1.

Foul by James Tilley (Grimsby Town).

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town).

Randell Williams (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ludvig Öhman (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Billy Clarke with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Jon Maxted.

Attempt saved. Billy Clarke (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Clifton.

Foul by Ludvig Öhman (Grimsby Town).

Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Billy Clarke.

Foul by Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joel Randall (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nicky Law.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Matthew Pollock (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Josh Benson with a cross.

James Tilley (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dean Moxey (Exeter City).

Foul by James Tilley (Grimsby Town).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joel Randall (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Martin following a fast break.

Offside, Exeter City. Aaron Martin tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Josh Benson replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ludvig Öhman.

Offside, Exeter City. Randell Williams tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. James Hanson replaces Elliott Whitehouse.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Exeter City 1. Nicky Law (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Randell Williams.

Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matthew Pollock.

Foul by James Tilley (Grimsby Town).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Joel Randall replaces Lee Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Dean Moxey replaces Brennan Dickenson.

Hand ball by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town).

Brennan Dickenson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. James Tilley replaces Max Wright.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon28165749311853
2Exeter27158438271153
3Crewe26145748321647
4Plymouth26145743271647
5Bradford27129635241145
6Northampton27136840301045
7Cheltenham271111541221944
8Colchester271111538251344
9Forest Green2812883325844
10Port Vale28101173533241
11Newport259972522336
12Walsall28106122837-936
13Salford2898113539-435
14Scunthorpe2888123740-332
15Crawley28711103639-332
16Cambridge2887133037-731
17Grimsby2679102530-530
18Oldham28611112742-1529
19Mansfield2869133745-827
20Leyton Orient2769123344-1127
21Carlisle2768132444-2026
22Macclesfield2661282529-424
23Stevenage28313121931-1222
24Morecambe2857162450-2622
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