GRIMSBY Town made it two 1-0 wins in as many games as they beat struggling Newport County at Blundell Park.
Just as he had been in the victory over Mansfield on Saturday, Omar Bogle was the man to grab the only goal, which came from the penalty spot after substitute Tom Bolarinwa had been fouled.
Town had dominated possession and territory but found it hard to break down a Newport side looking for only their second win of the season.
But they kept going and eventually got their reward, with Bogle’s penalty proving to be the difference for the second game in a row after he also scored from the spot at Field Mill.
Town boss Paul Hurst stuck with the same starting XI that began the victory in Nottinghamshire on Saturday.
That meant Danny Collins remained alongside Shaun Pearson at the heart of the defence for his home debut.
James McKeown started in goal, with Ben Davies and Danny Andrew lining up either side of Pearson and Collins at the back.
Ashley Chambers, Luke Summerfield, Brandon Comley and Dominic Vose were the midfielders, with Kayden Jackson beginning alongside Bogle in attack.
The Grimsby substitutes were Craig Disley, James Berrett, Bolarinwa, Andrew Boyce, Scott Vernon, Shaun Tuton and Dean Henderson.
Newport made the long journey from south Wales having won just one of their eight league games so far – a run that left them in the bottom two of the League Two table.
Among their main threats was likely to be veteran striker Jon Parkin, who lined up alongside Rhys Healey in the County attack, while former Mariner Paul Bignot was included at right-back.
Jackson did well to win the game’s first corner after chasing down a ball from Pearson but the ball from the flag was eventually cleared by Scott Bennett.
Another corner came when a cross by Comley from the left was headed behind after a good possession move. This time, the ball was flicked away as far as Summerfield, who won a throw-in on the left.
Summerfield’s low effort from 25 yards was comfortably stopped by visiting keeper Joe Day as the Mariners registered the first shot on target on six minutes.
At the other end, a late challenge by Davies on winger Sean Rigg gave Newport a chance to get the ball into the Town box but the ball from the free kick was caught by McKeown.
Parkin tried to play strike-partner Healey in on nine minutes but he was unable to get on the end of the ball as it rolled away for a goal kick.
Town were starting to get on top, having plenty of possession in the Newport half and looking to create chances, with Vose seeing a shot blocked for a corner after good build-up play.
The striker could not convert the opportunity though, as he planted a header wide. But the best chance of the game so far went to the visitors on the quarter-hour, when a cross from the right picked out the unmarked Parkin.
He played a low cross to Jackson but the striker could not divert it goalwards. Town had a good chance of their own three minutes later when a great ball from Summerfield set Andrew away down the left.
Rigg’s shot deflected off Comley and went away for a corner, which was cleared. Bogle tried his luck from 25 yards with a shot that proved comfortable for Day, before a foul by Pearson gave the away side a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the Town box.
A cross from Davies on the right led to another Town corner, which was headed away at the near post by Bignot.
And a further flag-kick came after a driving run by Summerfield into the Newport box, although again, the Mariners were unable to capitalise on it.
Bennett was shown the first yellow card of the night for a foul as Town attacked, with the referee allowing play to go on before booking the defender when the ball went out of play.
Before then, a long pass from Pearson picked out Jackson but the striker’s shot from a narrow angle was saved.
Day also kept out a curling effort from Vose on the edge of the penalty area, before an attack from a Grimsby corner ended when Jackson was caught offside after Colins had headed the ball back into the box.
Newport attacks were not coming as regularly but they did create another opportunity when a cross from Reece Grego-Cox on 40 minutes was met by Parkin, whose header was caught by McKeown.
Pearson did well to stop another away attack after Bogle had given the ball away in midfield, before two long throws into the Town six-yard box were both dealt with.
They were unable to profit from it though, in what proved to be the last action of the half. One added minute was signalled and the Mariners won another corner through Chambers after an excellent cross-field ball from Comley.
Town had been the better side but had not managed to make a breakthrough or seriously test keeper Day on enough occasions.
Vose’s ball from the flag was cleared. No changes were made before the restart and Town started off on the attack, winning an early corner on the right after a low cross from Andrew was put behind.
A shot by Vose looped up off a defender and into the arms of Day, before Chambers saw an effort blocked after Parkin had given the ball away.
The winger crossed from the left but Healey’s touch let him down and a goal kick was the result. Healey had Newport’s first chance of the second half seven minutes in after Rigg had done well to keep the ball in play.
Summerfield was tripped by midfielder Mark Randall on the halfway line three minutes later but Bogle was unable to create an opening after getting the ball from Davies’ free kick.
Randall shot from it and McKeown had to get down to push the ball away for a corner. At the other end, a push by Collins on Healey gave the visitors a free kick in a central position, 30 yards from goal.
A long throw soon afterwards led to a flashpoint after a corner was given, with McKeown and Parkin both booked after an altercation in the back of the keeper’s net involving several players.
Long throws from midfielder Ben Tozer were proving to be the away side’s most dangerous threat but Town were continuing to deal with those problems.
Tozer’s throw led to another Newport corner on 62 minutes, which saw Summerfield clear Bennett’s header away from danger.
A shot by Comley was blocked, before Day kept the scores level with a brilliant save from Bogle, who turned and shot from close range.
Town looked to be getting closer and Summerfield was the next to be unlucky, as his curling attempt from 20 yards bounced off the post to safety.
Marlon Jackson replaced Healey in the Newport attack as the away side made the first substitution with just over 20 minutes to go.
Town manager Hurst responded with a double change, sending Bolarinwa on for Chambers and Tuton on for Jackson.
Another Tozer long throw was scrambled away for a corner by Davies and from the flag-kick, McKeown was forced into a good save, tipping the ball over his bar after Parkin’s flicked header.
Bolarinwa was then fouled on the halfway line to give the Mariners a free kick but the ball from Davies towards the penalty area was cleared.
A run by Bolarinwa down the right on 79 minutes did not lead to Day being called into action as the winger’s cross hit the side-netting.
McKeown punched a long throw away to give Tozer another chance to hurl a missile into the Town box but this time, Parkin headed wide.
A foul on Tuton near the right corner flag on 85 minutes gave Town the opportunity to create some danger but nobody in black and white could get any meaningful contact on the low ball.
Bogle then crashed a shot against the post, although the offside flag meant any goal would not have counted in any case.
Referee Ben Toner pointed to the spot and BOGLE stepped up to score from 12 yards to make it 1-0 with two minutes left to play. But soon afterwards, the Mariners had their golden opportunity to finally break the deadlock when Bolarinwa was pulled back inside the Newport penalty area as he cut in from the right.
Boyce replaced Vose immediately after the goal as the Mariners looked to make sure of a hard-earned three points.
Four added minutes were signalled and Town comfortably saw the game out to claim another important win.
The Mariners are next in action on Saturday, when they host Hartlepool United at Blundell Park.