Grimsby picked up their first win of the season as they beat Cheltenham thanks to first-half goals from Owura Edwards and James Tilley, and a late effort from Owen Windsor.
Andy Williams was on target for the home side but they rarely looked like finding a second against Ian Holloway’s well-drilled Mariners side.
Cheltenham had a penalty appeal turned down on 12 minutes when a George Lloyd effort appeared to strike an arm before hitting the Grimsby post.
And there was a touch of fortune for the visitors’ opener on 23 minutes, Robins defender Will Boyle giving the ball away before Edwards fired past keeper Josh Griffiths from just outside the box.
It was all square five minutes later when some slick work involving Lloyd and Liam Sercombe ended with Williams firing home from close range.
Tilley’s goal came on 39 minutes when his powerful run ended with a 30-yard strike that slipped through the keeper’s fingers.
The second half lacked the finesse of the first until two minutes from time, when Sercombe brought an excellent reflex save from Grimsby keeper James McKeown.
Then in the third minute of added time, Edwards headed on for substitute Windsor who wrapped up the points.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 5RaglanSubstituted forMayat 62′minutes
- 23BondsBooked at 49mins
- 19LloydSubstituted forAddaiat 79′minutes
- 14WilliamsSubstituted forReidat 61′minutes
- 5ÖhmanSubstituted forIdehenat 76′minutes
- 25PollockBooked at 67mins
- 2HendrieBooked at 84mins
- 21TilleySubstituted forHansonat 79′minutes
- 12GibsonSubstituted forWindsorat 64′minutes
- Paul Howard
Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Grimsby Town 3.
Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Grimsby Town 3.
Offside, Cheltenham Town. Reuben Reid tries a through ball, but Alfie May is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Tozer.
Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Grimsby Town 3. Owen Windsor (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Owura Edwards with a headed pass.
Foul by Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town).
Owen Windsor (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).
James McKeown (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Luke Waterfall.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by James McKeown.
Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matty Blair.
Attempt missed. Elliott Bonds (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matty Blair.
Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Owen Windsor (Grimsby Town).
Attempt missed. Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.
Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Luke Hendrie (Grimsby Town).
Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).