Bromsgrove Sporting 0
Grimsby Town 5 (Revan 17' & 28', Longe-King 25', John-Lewis 82' P, Bapaga 90+5')
HT 3-0. FT 5-0. Attendance: 3,216.
2) Josh Dugmore RB
3) Jake Bloomer LB (Yellow Card 24') (Fisher 90+2')
4) Nathan Hayward CM
5) James Mace CB
6) Leon Broadhurst (C) CB
7) Jourdain Masidi CM
8) Jack Newell CM (Brown 53')
9) Connor Taylor ST (Ebbutt 75')
10) Miro Pais RW
11) Will Shorrock LW
12) Liam Spink
13) Aaron Clayton
14) Cody Fisher (Bloomer 90+2')
15) Cameron Ebbutt (Taylor 75')
16) Demetri Brown (Newell 53')
17) Jack Hallahan
21) Max Crocombe GK
12) Ryan Sears RB
5) Shaun Perason CB
16) David Longe-King CB
17) Seb Revan LB
4) Ben Fox CDM (Essel 74')
8) Giles Coke (C) CDM
7) Will Bapaga CAM
14) Lenell John-Lewis ST
15) Harry Clifton LAM (Khouri HT)
1) James McKeown
19) Max Wright (Sousa 59')
22) Ryley Towler
2) Michee Efete
31) Evan Khouri (Clifton HT)
26) Alex Hunt
39) Edwin Essel (Fox 74')
Grimsby Town's class shone through at the Victoria Ground on Saturday afternoon, with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Bromsgrove Sporting in front of BBC cameras.
The two-level gap between the two sides really came to the fore in an 11 minute spell in the first half, as a brace from Aston Villa loanee Seb Revan and a header from centre back David Longe-King gave the Rouslers the proverbial mountain to climb going into the interval.
Bromsgrove showed spirit in the second half, but a Lenell John-Lewis penalty with eight minutes remaining and a Will Bapaga effort deep into additional time completed the demolition job for Paul Hurst's men, in front of a 3,216-strong crowd.
The teams were relatively even inside the first 15 minutes, with John-Lewis and Bapaga having chances for the visitors, whilst Jourdain Masidi and Leon Broadhurst had headers for Bromsgrove but were unable to create anything meaningful out of them.
The deadlock was broken 17 minutes in, as a great Mariners move eventually resulted in Revan confidently thundering the ball home into the roof of the net.
The second goal, in the 25th minute, came with a touch of contention. A corner into the box was headed by Longe-King - Sporting stopper Akos Onodi attempted to scoop it away, but the assistant referee adjudged the ball to have narrowly crossed the line.
Three minutes later, Revan had his second. His shot from 20 yards sailed past Onodi and nestled in the bottom corner.
Masidi and Will Shorrock had opportunities for Bromsgrove just after the half hour mark, but were wide of the mark. Up the other end, Onodi had to be alert, as he had to keep out a Bapaga strike from just outside the box before producing a superb, close range double save from John-Lewis.
Sporting's best chance of the first half came in additional time, as a Shorrock effort from 25 yards was tipped wide by Max Crocombe.
John-Lewis had a couple of opportunities early in the second half, but was unable to make the most of them. Meanwhile, substitute Demetri Brown had a shot but could only hit it straight at Crocombe.
The 64th minute saw John-Lewis squander yet another chance. Nine minutes later, Bapaga had a shot inside the area that was brilliantly saved by Onodi, before Max Wright found the side netting.
Eight minutes from time, it was four. Onodi fouled Essel inside the box, with John-Lewis eventually getting his goal via a well taken spotkick.
John-Lewis almost had a second goal with a minute left, courtesy of another penalty. Shorrock committed a foul in the area, but Onodi was equal to his subsequent spotkick with a good block.
The scoring was complete five minutes into additional time, as Bapaga slotted home with aplomb from inside the box.
Grimsby manager Paul Hurst commented: "The aim was to not be the victim of an upset. I'm probably being greedy but the one criticism was that we were a bit wasteful at times but the TV were here, they've come to try and see an upset and thankfully we made sure we wasn't one of those."
A disappointed Bromsgrove manager, Bren Kelly, said: "There weren't too many players out there that played to their full potential. You have to give credit to Grimsby, with the gulf in class and quality, but I certainly feel like we could have given a better account of ourselves."
Entertainment Rating: 4/5
Player of the Match: Seb Revan (Grimsby Town)
50/50 draw number: 09268
Kieran Dunbar Arrow Spas Raffle Number: 50
Statistics (listed as Bromsgrove : Grimsby)
Goals - 0:5
Shots - 6:24
Shots on Target - 3:17
Fouls - 7:8
Corners - 5:5
Yellows - 2:0
Reds - 0:0
Substitutions - 3:3