Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 5, Grimsby Town 0.
James Vaughan scored a first-half brace as Tranmere made it three League Two wins on the bounce as they put Grimsby to the sword at Prenton Park.
Under the stewardship of caretaker boss Ian Dawes, the home side blew away the Mariners as they raced into a four-goal lead inside 34 minutes.
First Vaughan headed home a Corey Blackett-Taylor cross after 10 minutes before Peter Clarke nodded home from a yard out after 27 minutes when his initial header had been saved.
Less than a minute later, Rovers were three ahead as Vaughan smashed home his second of the match from the penalty spot following Luke Waterfall's tackle on Blackett-Taylor in the box.
And 11 minutes before the break, the game was all over as Otis Khan drifted past two Grimsby defenders before finding the net from 18 yards.
The second half had few chances with substitute Paul Lewis completing the rout four minutes from time with a long-range effort to make it five games unbeaten in all competitions for Rovers since the sacking of Mike Jackson.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 6MontheBooked at 79mins
- 19FeeneySubstituted forLewisat 71'minutes
- 17KhanSubstituted forLloyd-McGoldrickat 82'minutes
- 9VaughanSubstituted forFerrierat 81'minutes
- 11Blackett-TaylorSubstituted forWooleryat 70'minutes
- 2HendrieBooked at 35mins
- 6WaterfallBooked at 65mins
- 26TaylorSubstituted forHewittat 55'minutes
- 4RoseSubstituted forWrightat 62'minutes
- 10WilliamsSubstituted forPrestonat 38'minutes
- 12GibsonSubstituted forGreenat 55'minutes
- 8WindsorSubstituted forScannellat 62'minutes
- Marc Edwards
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 5, Grimsby Town 0.
Hand ball by Danny Lloyd (Tranmere Rovers).
Foul by Paul Lewis (Tranmere Rovers).
Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).
Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town).
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 5, Grimsby Town 0. Paul Lewis (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgan Ferrier.
Foul by Lee O'Connor (Tranmere Rovers).
Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matthew Pollock (Grimsby Town).
Offside, Grimsby Town. Sean Scannell tries a through ball, but Owura Edwards is caught offside.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Danny Lloyd replaces Otis Khan.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Morgan Ferrier replaces James Vaughan.
Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers).
Owura Edwards (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.