Grimsby Town bolstered their play-off prospects with a narrow victory over Jez George's Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday evening.
A first-half goal from striker Anthony Elding was enough to seal the result in the Mariners' favour and extend their unbeaten run to five games.
The hosts started brightly with Ashley Carew forcing a save from James McKeown in the fourth minute, and the rebound was subsequently smashed against the post by Adam Marriott.
Midfielder Tom Shaw fired wide for the U's before Elding had a penalty appeal turned down at the other end of the pitch on 15 minutes.
Both sides were creating chances but a combination of lacklustre finishing and some good goalkeeping, kept the scoreline goalless.
However, Grimsby finally got the breakthrough they were looking for in the 24th minute when Elding converted Liam Hearn's inviting cross with a driven effort into the bottom-right corner.
They had a glorious chance to double their advantage in the 34th minute but Frankie Artus' header clipped the top of the bar.
Cambridge managed to hold firm for the remainder of the half and almost got an equaliser just before the half-time with two quick-fire chances.
Liam Hughes fired wide of the left-hand upright on 44 minutes and Tom Shaw fired over the bar from outside the penalty area just one minute later.
Both teams continued to create several chances after the break but Cambridge opted to employ a more direct approach as the half wore on.
They were unable to break down a resilient Mariners defence, though, who held firm in the face of a late onslaught.
Cambridge's best chance to restore parity came with 15 minutes left on the clock, as Luke Berry headed agonisingly wide from James Jennings' free-kick.
Cambridge bookings: Jennings.
Grimsby bookings: Garner, Miller.
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