Grimsby 1-2 Bradford: Bantams hold on to beat Mariners

Report as Bradford secured a much-needed win at Grimsby thanks in part to Lee Novak’s overhead kick

Wednesday 23 December 2020 06:42, UK

Bradford edged further away from the League Two relegation zone with a hard-fought win at Grimsby Town.

A spectacular overhead kick from Lee Novak put the Bantams in front at Blundell Park, with Levi Sutton adding a second on the stroke of half-time.

Harry Clifton responded for the Mariners, who slipped to their 10th defeat of the league season.

Grimsby were quickest to settle and went close after 10 minutes when Luke Spokes sliced wide on the volley, while Montel Gibson also headed over.

Despite that spell of promise, it was at the other end where the opener came – and in some style as Novak chested the ball down before acrobatically firing into the top corner.

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It was 2-0 shortly before the break as goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell launched a quick attack, with Billy Clarke then feeding Sutton, who lifted over James McKeown.

Grimsby pulled a goal back within three minutes of the restart when Clifton fired home from close range, but there was to be no way back for Ian Holloway’s strugglers.

The Mariners drop a place to 20th while Bradford climb to 18th, a point ahead of Grimsby and seven above the bottom two.

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