Grimsby Town and Town will have to replay their EFL Cup second-round tie after heavy rainfall just before half-time left the field waterlogged at Blundell Park.

It was goalless between the two sides, with Jak McCourt’s free-kick which smacked a post for the visitors the best chance of either club when referee Darren Drysdale led the players off 30 seconds early before the break.

However, the deluge of rain, which lasted around 10 minutes, proved too much for the surface to cope with and despite giving the pitch time to drain, Drysdale was left with no option but to call it off.

Grimsby have urged fans to retain their ticket stubs, and say an announcement will be made on Wednesday regarding reissued tickets for the rearranged game.

Town boss Michael Jolley said: “I think in the end it was the right decision.

“We were hopeful that the rain might stop and it might improve, but every time the referee came out to the pitch it got worse didn’t it. No complaints.

“The draw is made tonight so it will need to be done in time for the third round, but we have got a game next week anyway. It remains to be seen when it will be.”

boss Daryl McMahon added: “No complaints at all. It was raining really heavily and there was a lot of surface water on the pitch.

“It would have been dangerous for the players had we returned. And looking at the weather, we would have only got 15 or 20 minutes in anyway.

“It was very unreal. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m from Dublin.

“I was pleased with our performance, though, having made seven changes. I was enjoying the game, but no complaints.”

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Hendrie
  • 25Pollock
  • 5Öhman
  • 3Gibson
  • 22Hewitt
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 11CookBooked at 35mins
  • 19WrightBooked at 14mins
  • 7Green
  • 18Vernam

Substitutes

  • 9Hanson
  • 10Whitehouse
  • 17Cardwell
  • 20Ogbu
  • 21Ring
  • 23Russell
  • 29Starbuck

  • 1Evans
  • 3Clarke
  • 12Welch-Hayes
  • 25CameronBooked at 34mins
  • 15Horsfall
  • 23Fitzpatrick
  • 4McCourt
  • 14Kirby
  • 24Rose
  • 20Osadebe
  • 18Blyth

Substitutes

  • 6Vassell
  • 9Ironside
  • 11Archibald
  • 13Charles-Cook
  • 16O’Keeffe
  • 19Gomis
  • 22Ntambwe
Referee:
Darren Drysdale

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway Team
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home4
Away6
Shots on Target
Home0
Away0
Corners
Home1
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

Match abandoned due to waterlogged pitch, Grimsby Town 0, Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Town 0.

Attempt missed. Jak McCourt ( Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Fitzpatrick.

Attempt missed. Matt Green (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Jak McCourt ( Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Emmanuel Osadebe ( Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ludvig Öhman (Grimsby Town).

Foul by Fraser Horsfall ( Town).

Matt Green (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Matt Green (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Charles Vernam.

Booking

Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Nathan Cameron ( Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nathan Cameron ( Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Green (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Miles Welch-Hayes.

Attempt missed. David Fitzpatrick ( Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Miles Welch-Hayes ( Town).

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Cameron ( Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Max Wright (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Max Wright (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Cook.

Attempt missed. Nathan Cameron ( Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Fitzpatrick with a cross.

Emmanuel Osadebe ( Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Cook (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Connor Kirby ( Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Rose.

Offside, Grimsby Town. James McKeown tries a through ball, but Charles Vernam is caught offside.

Foul by Miles Welch-Hayes ( Town).

Matt Green (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Town. Conceded by James McKeown.

David Fitzpatrick ( Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Grimsby Town).

Nathan Cameron ( Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Green (Grimsby Town).

Attempt blocked. Max Wright (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Green with a headed pass.

goal

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