Grimsby fielded a strong team containing a number of first team players, including the likes of Danny East, Josh Venney, Harry Clifton, Marcus Marshall & Conor Henderson. Chances were frequent in the opening period, with Anthony Straker making his way through on goal, only to be denied by the goalkeeper rushing out to meet the attacker.
Town eventually broke the deadlock after 32 minutes with a tidy finish from Marcus Marshall following a strong run down the left wing. Almost straight after the restart, Hartlepool were close to grabbing an equaliser, but Jones' strike sailed over the crossbar. At the half-time whistle, The Mariners took a slender 1-0 lead back in to the dressing rooms.
The comeback was complete 10 minutes from time, as Smith scored his second of the game after taking the ball around the keeper and passing it into the net to give the home team the lead.