A brace from striker Wes Thomas stretched Grimsby Town’s unbeaten home record to six league games, as they beat Swindon Town 2-1 at a bitterly cold Blundell Park.
Thomas, a former Robins’ loanee, netted from the penalty spot in the first half and then earned his side all three points converting a rebound after Elliot Embleton’s shot was parried out by visiting stopper Lawrence Vigouroux.
The visitors started brightly and forced the first opening of the game when Michael Doughty made his way into the penalty area, only for James McKeown to get down smartly and palm away the effort.
On 26 minutes, the Mariners took the lead. A corner was half-cleared and, when it was pumped back into the penalty area, Robins’ defender Sid Nelson was adjudged to have handled.
Thomas stepped up to convert the spot kick, low into the left corner, despite the best efforts of Vigouroux in the goal.
The Mariners’ celebrations were short-lived though, as the visitors responded within two minutes – Matt Taylor expertly curling home a left-footed free kick from distance.
There was another blow for the hosts shortly before the interval when skipper Danny Collins was injured and replaced by former Chesterfield defender Alex Whitmore.
McKeown was called into action again on the hour, pulling off an excellent stop to deny the Robins’ Elijah Adebayo.
And that save proved crucial as the Mariners went straight up the other end to retake the lead.
Embleton won a loose ball in midfield and curled a fantastic effort from 25 yards that Vigouroux could only parry, Thomas instinctively turning the rebound home from inside the area.
The Robins pushed for an equaliser but McKeown was once again equal to the efforts of Adebayo.
Mariners: McKeown; Hendrie, Davis, Collins (Whitmore), Fox; Hessenthaler, Clifton; Vernam (Rose), Embleton, Pringle; Thomas (Cardwell). Subs not used: Welsh, Cook, Russell, Buckley.
Robins: Vigouroux; Iandolo (Alzate), Nelson, Knoyle (Pryce), Woolfenden; Twine (McGlashan), Doughty, Dunne, Taylor; Adebayo, Woolery. Subs not used: McCourt, Smith, McCormick, Lancashire.