Bradford ended a run of five games without a win with a comfortable 3-0 victory at struggling Grimsby.

Star of the show for the Bantams was new loan signing Simon Whaley who marked his first start since arriving from Norwich with a fine strike to set the ball rolling midway through the first half.

Whaley picked up a long punt from goalkeeper Simon Eastwood and rifled home a low shot from outside the box to provide a breakthrough that had appeared elusive in a scrappy start.

Grimsby almost levelled five minutes later when Eastwood had to dive full-stretch to keep out Olly Lancashire's header from a corner. The home side rallied for new manager Neil Woods straight after half-time but failed to make the pressure tell.

And the game was virtually sealed when Steve Williams got the faintest of touches to a backward header from Grimsby's Damien McCrory from a few yards to make it two.

A miserable night for the Mariners was compounded when James Hanson drilled past Nick Colgan to seal all three points seven minutes from time.

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