Last Time Out: FGR 0 GTFC 1

Forest Green Rovers                     0

Grimsby Town                                  1

Friday 4 March 2016 | Vanarama National League | The New Lawn | 2,242

A late goal from skipper Craig Disley earned the Mariners a hard-fought victory at Forest Green Rovers.

The win in front of the TV cameras meant that Paul Hurst’s men kept the pressure on the hosts and table-toppers Cheltenham Town in the race for promotion to the Football League.

Pat Hoban was handed his Town debut following his loan move from Oxford United and he came closest to breaking the deadlock just after the half-hour mark with a 30-yard effort that was well tipped over by home stopper Steve Arnold.

Andy Monkhouse had a good chance at the far post just after that, whilst the home side looked to big Jon Parkin to unsettle the Mariners’ defence and cause problems.

The game was evenly poised in the second period when the Mariners took the lead on 71 minutes.

Monkhouse and full-back Evan Horwood linked up well on the left-hand side and the former crossed for Disley to rise and plant a header beyond Arnold and into the far corner of the net.

The expected onslaught from the hosts never materialised and only a great block from Arnold prevented Monkhouse from making it two within moments of the first.

And the resolute Mariners’ defence saw out the final minutes to send a noisy away following home happy.

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