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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jonathan 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 Forest Green Rovers 14 +14 30
2 Port Vale 14 +9 25
3 Northampton Town 14 +6 24
4 Exeter City 14 +9 23
5 Harrogate Town 14 +8 23
6 Sutton United 14 +6 23
7 Swindon Town 14 +5 23
8 Hartlepool United 14 +2 23
9 Tranmere Rovers 14 +3 22
10 Leyton Orient 14 +8 20
11 Bradford City 14 +3 20
12 Newport County 14 +2 20
13 Barrow 14 +1 18
14 Walsall 14 -1 17
15 Rochdale 14 -1 17
16 Crawley Town 14 -5 17
17 Salford City 14 0 16
18 Bristol Rovers 14 -7 15
19 Colchester United 14 -8 14
20 Stevenage 14 -10 14
21 Oldham Athletic 14 -9 12
22 Carlisle United 14 -10 12
23 Mansfield Town 14 -8 11
24 Scunthorpe United 14 -17 11