Goals from Lee Hughes and Eddie Oshodi give Forest Green a thrilling victory over play-off rivals Grimsby Town
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- Forest Green surged closer to the play-offs after a thrilling 2-1 victory over high-flying Grimsby Town at the New Lawn tonight.
- First half goals from Lee Hughes and Eddie Oshodi gave Ady Pennock's side a commanding lead.
- A second half fight-back from Grimsby saw Scott Neilson's goal give the Mariners hope, but Rovers' defence held firm for a memorable victory.
Forest Green surged closer to the play-offs after a thrilling 2-1 victory over high-flying Grimsby Town at the New Lawn tonight.
First half goals from Lee Hughes and Eddie Oshodi gave Ady Pennock's side a commanding lead.
A second half fight-back from Grimsby saw Scott Neilson's goal give the Mariners hope, but Rovers' defence held firm for a memorable victory.
FT: FGR 2 Grimsby 1
90 (+3) - Paul Green heads off the line from Patrick McLaughlin
Ed Asafu-Adjaye replaces James Norwood
90 (+2) - Scott Keer fires over the bar for Grimsby
90 (+1) - James Norwood shoots into McKeawon after Shaun Pearson squanders possession
There will be four minutes added time
89 mins - Sub Luke Rodgers forces Sam McKeown into a point-blank save from a Lee Hughes flick-on
87 mins - Jared Hodgkiss replaces Anthony Barry
87 mins - Rovers stand up to a barrage of pressure but the outstanding Eddie Oshodi and the robust Sam Russell keep Grimsby at bay
84 mins - Shaun Pearson goes agonisingly close for Grimsby as Paul Hurst's side look for parity
Tonight's match attendance at the New Lawn is 1,219 with 172 travelling Grimsby fans
79 mins - Luke Rodgers replaces Matty Taylor
71 mins - Sam Hatton goes close to the Mariners with a free-kick
65 mins - Marcus Kelly's free-kick sees Matty Taylor's flicked header flash inches wide of the far post
58 mins - Grimsby's dominance is rewarded with a goal as Scott Neilson rifles home in off the post from a Scott Kerr corner. FGR 2 Grimsby 1
57 mins - Grimsby continue to dominate with Andy Cook a boot away from pulling a goal back
56 mins - Grimsby are well on top and Scott Neilson fizzes a strike onto the post
48 mins - Sam Russell tips a Connor Jennings header over the bar as Grimsby start on the front-foot
Second half gets underway
Lee Hughes heads just over for Forest Green.
Picture: Tom Wren
Lee Hughes celebrates after scoring Forest Green's first goal.
Picture: Tom Wren
HT: FGR 2 Grimsby 0
45 mins - Jamie Turley fires high and wide from 18-yards following a James Norwood knock-down
There will be two minutes added time
40 mins - Aswad Thomas is booked for Grimsby for a foul on Lee Hughes
35 mins - Andy Cook goes close for Grimsby as he strikes through a sea of defenders but Sam Russell does well to smother his shot
30 mins - Marcus Kelly's pin-point left-footed corner is met with a thumping header from Eddie Oshodi
22 mins - A rare attacking Grimsby foray sees Sam Russell comfortably gather Connor Jennings' curling strike
11 mins - James Norwood smashes the base of the post from just inside the box with the Mariners all at sea
10 mins - Rovers are rocking. Matty Taylor and James Norwood combine with Lee Hughes a whisker away from claiming his second
3 mins - Marcus Kelly's superb cross-field pass picks out Lee Hughes on the right-hand side, the former Premiership ace darts into the box and slips a sweet strike beyond Grimsby's James McKeowen
The action gets underway at the New Lawn
FGR: S Russell, C Stokes, J Turley, D Bennett, J Norwood, E Oshodi, P Green, A Barry (c), M Kelly, L Hughes
SUBS: J Hodgkiss, D Wright, E Asafu-Adjaye, P White, L Rodgers
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