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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • JJ Hooper (52', 84', 90')

Grimsby finish season on a high thanks to JJ Hooper hat-trick

JJ Hooper's second-half hat-trick handed Grimsby a 3-0 victory at Forest Green on the final day of the League Two season.
Hooper broke the deadlock on 51 minutes when he stretched to toe-end the ball over the line.
He grabbed his second on 83 minutes with a sumptuous angled strike and six minutes later completed his smash and grab with a howitzer from 25 yards.
With both sides safe from any lingering relegation fears, the game was played out in a pedestrian fashion.
Forest Green created the better first-half chances but found Grimsby keeper James McKeown in fine form as he denied 25-goal striker Christian Doidge and then clawed away a Scott Laird free-kick.
He remained resolute as he somehow miraculously scooped away a Charlie Cooper header.
Referee Seb Stockbridge hobbled off to be replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley with 20 minutes to go.
Hooper turned up the heat in the second half with his hat-trick to leave Grimsby unbeaten in their last five games, finishing 18th in the final league standings, with Forest Green ending their first season in League Two in 21st.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 21 +15 42
2 Exeter City 21 +6 39
3 Cheltenham Town 20 +16 35
4 Crewe Alexandra 20 +10 35
5 Bradford City 20 +9 35
6 Forest Green Rovers 21 +8 35
7 Northampton Town 21 +9 34
8 Plymouth Argyle 20 +8 32
9 Colchester United 20 +7 31
10 Port Vale 21 -1 29
11 Cambridge United 21 +5 28
12 Newport County 19 +2 28
13 Scunthorpe United 21 +1 25
14 Salford City 21 -7 25
15 Macclesfield Town 20 -3 24
16 Crawley Town 21 -6 23
17 Walsall 21 -11 23
18 Mansfield Town 21 -3 22
19 Leyton Orient 21 -8 22
20 Grimsby Town 19 -5 21
21 Carlisle United 21 -12 21
22 Oldham Athletic 20 -9 20
23 Stevenage 20 -9 16
24 Morecambe 21 -22 15