Grimsby Town 1 Forest Green 0 - full time
GRIMSBY TOWN 1 FOREST GREEN 0
NATHAN Pond's 63rd minute goal inflicted a first defeat of the season on Forest Green, who have been knocked off the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The Mariners were grateful to James McKeown for preserving parity, the keeper plunging to his left to beat away a fizzing free-kick from Ben Wright.
The early throes of the second half were played at a lethargic tempo, and it was almost a shock to everyone's system when Frankie Artus swung over a free-kick from the right and Pond leapt above Russell amid a crowd scene to open the scoring.
Dave Hockaday responded by hauling off Wright and Al Bangura – much to the latter's obvious annoyance – and introduced Omar Koroma and James Rowe.
But it was fellow substitute Matty Taylor who twice threatened to level, firing at McKeown after a solo run before striking the side-netting from a tight angle on 82 minutes.
Joint Grimsby manager Paul Hurst had to watch the final three minutes from the stands after a touchline altercation with Ed Asafu-Adjaye, echoing last season's ill-tempered clash when Rovers assistant Gary Seward was similarly banished.
But the home dugout were celebrating at the final whistle, which came after McKeown pulled off a smothering save to deny James Norwood.
See Monday's Citizen for Peter Orchard's match overview and match reaction.