Grimsby’s season started ok. In their first 7 games of the season they were only beaten once – 3-2 away at Notts County. 4 draws and 2 wins in their other games represented a reasonably solid opening. But, their next 9 games produced 7 defeats, 1 draw and 1 win. A run of 4 consecutive defeats,ending in a 1-0 loss to Doncaster on the 28th October, were enough to see the Grimsby boss, Paul Hurst, sacked.
Grimsby faced an in-form Morecambe at home on the 11th November in their first game without a manager. Despite being 1-0 down at half time, they scored 3 goals in 11 minutes at the start of the second half and hung on to win 3-2.
This win lifted them to 22nd place in the table – 4 points and 2 places above Rovers (though Rovers have a game in hand).