Exeter City moved level on points with Swindon Town at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table with a 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town.
Nicky Law curled home the only goal of the game, but the Grecians had to ride their luck for large parts of the game as an in-form Grimsby side hit the inside of the post and forced a number of saves from Jonny Maxted and a couple of goalline clearances from Aaron Martin.
Manager Matt Taylor made one change from the side that had beaten Cambridge United last time out, bringing in new signing Brennan Dickenson for Jayden Richardson on the left.
Dickenson was on the front foot from the off as he tried to bundle his way into the box early on and it was City who had the first chance of note when Pierce Sweeney volleyed over at the back post.
However, Max Wright then hit the first effort on target just after 20 minutes when he forced Jonny Maxted into a good save at his near post. Jake Taylor then fired an effort from distance that James McKeown turned around his post before Pierce Sweeney forced him into a good save as he headed Randell Williams free-kick towards goal.
It was the hosts who looked slightly the more threatening of the two teams going into the break though as Maxted had to save with his legs to deny Billy Clarke, while Whitehouse curled a shot from 16 yards out onto the inside of the post.
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