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Andy Phillips previews the final home game of the season on Saturday afternoon.

27 April 2018

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TOWN take on Notts County in the final game of the season at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon (3pm) knowing that a victory will secure their League Two safety.

Club News

Boyeson Takes Charge Of Final Home Game

25 April 2018

With the Mariners now five points away from the relegation zone with two games to play following last weekend's 1-0 victory at Swindon Town, the picture is looking much rosier than it did a few weeks ago.

However, the job is not yet done and Michael Jolley's si

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27 April 2018

de face a tough assignment against a County side that are still in with a chance of automatic promotion, so it is important that Town keep focused ahead of another pivotal round of fixtures.

Dembele a doubt for Town 

Town could have to make due without the services of Siriki Dembele after he was forced off with an ankle lock in the reserves game against Rotherham United last week, although it is hoped he will be fit enough to play.

The Mariners have the majority of their squad fit other than that, although Scott Vernon and Paul Dixon could still be missing, whilst Zak Mills and loanee Charlie Vernam are both out for the campaign.

County could receive a boost in the return of exciting youngster Jorge Grant's return from injury, with the Nottingham Forest loanee and top scorer back in training following an ankle problem.

County still in with a chance of automatic promotion

Notts County's 4-1 victory over Yeovil Town coupled with Wycombe Wanderers' loss to Accrington Stanley means that Kevin Nolan's men come to Blundell Park on Saturday only two points away from automatic promotion.

It has been a strong season for Nolan's side regardless of whether the Magpies go up automatically or reach the play-offs, but the former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham will be hoping that the season ends up in promotion whichever way that may be.

Nolan took charge in January 2017 and has reinvigorated the club since his arrival, saving them from relegation last campaign and turning them into promotion contenders in his first full season at the helm.

The boss has a very experienced squad at his disposal, with a twin pronged strike force of ex-Premier League strikers Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi causing a threat to most sides they have come up against so far this campaign, whilst the likes of former England internationals Alan Smith and Nicky Hunt, as well as Welsh defender Richard Duffy are all part of the squad.

A goalless draw earlier in the campaign

It was a stalemate between the two sides back in December, as Town held firm to pick up a valuable away point in a goalless draw at Meadow Lane.

Town restricted County to very few chances in that fixture, and after a very strong defensive performance last weekend, another one woud not go amiss as they look to confirm their League Two status for next year.

Both sides have met 81 times over their history, with the Mariners winning 33, the Magpies winning 27 and there being 21 draws.

Form guide

Town: LLDLLDLWDW

County: WDWDLDLWWW

Managers in summary

Michael Jolley: ''Notts County are a strong team – they’re coming into this game on really good form, so I think it will be a competitive game. We’re going to have to be at our best to beat Notts County – I must pay tribute to Kevin Nolan and his staff because I think they’ve done an excellent job. It's two teams that need to go and win the game for different reasons, so we’re really focused on doing the things that we’ve been doing well, and trying to add more to the level of our performance. It’s going to be a difficult one, and we need to do our work well this week, and give ourselves a chance on Saturday.''

Kevin Nolan: "The lads have put themselves in a fantastic position to put the pressure on and we’ve secured a play-off place, which is an unbelievable achievement considering where we were 15 months ago. All we’ve got to do is keep winning. We want to build momentum, have a strong end to the season and we’ll see where we are but we’ve got Grimsby in the way. They’re not mathematically safe and it’s their last home game of the season, which always has a good feeling about it. It’s another tough one - but it’s another we’re looking forward to."

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Match Report: Grimsby Town 2-1 Notts County

Last-minute winner guarantees League Two safety for Town

28 April 2018

Grimsby Town guaranteed their Football League safety in dramatic style as an added time winner gave them all three points against Notts County at Blundell Park.

The Mariners produced a magnificent performancee against Kevin Nolan's promotion-chasing side and had looked to be on their way to victory through Nathan Clarke's first-half strike.

There seemed to be a late twist to the tale as the visitors equalised through Dan Jones with only a minute left on the clock but Town were not to be denied and substitute Jamille Matt headed a winner in the third of five added minutes to secure League Two football for next season.

Town began with the same XI that started last week's win at Swindon Town, with goalkeeper James McKeown behind a defence of Reece Hall-Johnson, Clarke, Danny Collins and Andrew Fox.

Harry Clifton, Luke Summerfield, Mitch Rose, Martyn Woolford and JJ Hooper were the midfielders, with Harry Cardwell in attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Ben Killip, Simeon Jackson, Ben Davies, Matt, Diallang Jaiyesimi, James Berrett and Karleigh Osborne.

Notts boss Nolan also named an unchanged side, meaning experienced strike duo Shola Ameobi and Jonathan Forte would be the ones aiming to cause the biggest problems for the home defence.

Town began brightly, putting pressure on their visitors with early long throws from Rose into the box.

The hosts won the first corner of the game on four minutes and after it was initially played short, Woolford's dangerous cross had to be put over his own bar by defender Nicky Hunt.  This time, referee Carl Boyeson spotted a pussh as Summerfield sent the ball frorm the flag towards the near post.

At the other end, a cross from Forte on the left was headed clear by Collins, before Town attacked again and a shot from Fox was blocked.

Another Rose throw into the box was headed out for a corner on the left on nine minutes and from it, the Mariners were inches away from taking the lead.  Summerfield played the ball short to Clifton and his 25-yard curling shot bounced back off the frame of the goal.

A sliced clearance from visiting keeper Adam Collin gave Rose another opportunity to use his long throw and this time, the ball was headed down for Hooper but his volley was blocked.

The away side's first real chance came on 19 minutes when a cross from the left was met by Forte but he steered his header just wide of the near post.

Notts' next attack saw them win a corner on the right, which was eventually scrambled clear by the Town defence.

Matthew Virtue was shown the first yllow card of the game on 24 minutes for a foul on Fox but Summerfield's resulting free kick went through to Collin.

The first goal of he game arrived on 28 minutes and it was the Marriners who opened the scoring.  A free kick from McKeown just inside his own half was not dealt with by the Notts defence and after the ball landed at the feet of CLARKE, he calmly placed it into the net from 12 yards.

The visitors went in search of an almost instant equaliser but after an appeal for a penalty when Virtue went down was waved away, a shot from Lewis Allessandra was hit over the bar.

Liam Noble tried to catch McKeown off his line with a lob on 34 minutes after Rose had lost possession in mifield but the keeper was able to get back and make a comfortable catch.

More good play by the Mariners then saw them keep the ball down the left before a cross from Fox, which led to Summerfield heading wide.

Town were dominating the game and they had another chance when Clifton set off on a run down the right before squaring for Cardwell, who forced Collin to get down to make a stop.

At the other end, a shot from Forte fell into the path of Virtue but he could not squeeze it into the net at the far post and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Another chance for the hosts then came when a cross fom the right fell for Woolford but he was  twice denied, with his first effort blocked before his second was stopped on the line by Collin.

One added minut was signalled as Notts pressed for an equaliser before the break but it was not to come as a Forte header was caught by McKeown in what was the last meaningful action of the half.

Town had produced an excellent first half display and went into the dressing rooms at half-time with a deserved lead.

No changes were made before the restart an after some early Notts pressure, the Mariners had the first real chance of the half when a brilliant run down the left by Hooper took him almost the length of the field but after he pushed the ball past Collin, Cardwell could not get the touch to send it into the net.

Jon Stead replaced Ameobi as the visitors made the first substitution of the game, before Summerfield went on a run into the penalty area fom the right but was unable to get a shot away.

The game stopped briefly for Hall-Johnson to receive treatment after going down with an injury, witht he right-back eventually being replaced by Davies.

Notts made their second change at the same time, sending top sorer Jorge Grant on in place of Virtue.

Woolford was booked for a foul, before a cross from Forte proved just too far ahead of Stead for the striker to make contact with it at the far post.

Town had McKeown to thank for keeping their lead intact when the keeper made a superb save after the ball had ricocheted towards goal from close range on 63 minutes, instinctively reaching out to claw it away fom the top corner of the net.

A volley from Grant flew over the bar as the away side continued to look for an equaliser, before right-back Hunt was replaced by Michael O'Connor in their third and final substitution.

A shot from Allessandra was deflected away for a corner and from it, a flicked header from captain Richard Duffy at the near post was cleared off the line before the rebound cleared the bar for a goal kick.

Town had a chance to make it 2-0 when Hooper's cross from the left was met by Rose but the midfielder could not keep his volley down, instead watching it go over the bar. 

Cardwell went off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Matt and the striker's first involvement was to win a free kick, although Summerfield's ball to the far post from it was headed clear.

The Mariners won a corner on the left on 77 minutes but Matt's header went over the bar, before a last-ditch block at the other end kept the score at 1-0 after Grant had rounded McKeown and side-footed towards goal.

Good play by Clifton saw him find Summerfield and the midfielder again ran into the penalty area but could not test Collin.

Dan Jones fired over the bar from 20 yards as Notts threatened again, before Woolford scooped a shot over the bar after good play by Hooper at the other end.

Woolford found Hooper but his hot was pushed away by Collin for a corner as the volume went up around Blundell Park.  The corner was cleared and and a long throw soon afterwards went through to keeper Collin.

But with time running out and the Mariners supporters starting to believe their team was heading for all three points, the visitors scrambled an equaliser when with McKeown off his line, a header bounced off the bar and JONES was there to pounce from close range to make t 1-1.

Five added minutes were signalled and Jackson replaced Clifton in the first of them, with the Mariners now needing another goal to guarantee their safety today.

And incredibly, that goal came in the third added minute when a Summerfield corner from the left was met by MATT, who powered a header into the net to spark wild celebrations.

Notts pressed again for a second equaliser but the Mariners held on to secure their most precious three points of the season and ensure they will be playing in League Two again next season.

They will now round off their season with their final game at Forest Green Rovers next Saturday.


Grimsby Town

1 James McKeown 
31 Reece Hall-Johnson 
23 Andrew Fox 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
6 Danny Collins
8 Mitch Rose 
15 Harry Clifton 
19 Luke Summerfield 
25 Martyn Woolford 
9 JJ Hooper 
17 Harry Cardwell 

Subs

30 Ben Killip 
2 Ben Davies 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
7 James Berrett 
20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 
39 Simeon Jackson 
29 Jamille Matt

Notts County

1 Adam Collin 
19 Nicky Hunt 
23 Daniel Jones 
5 Richard Duffy (C) 
16 Shaun Brisley 
4 Elliott Hewitt 
6 Matthew Virtue-Thick 
18 Liam Noble 
7 Lewis Alessandra 
14 Jonathan Forte 
9 Shola Ameobi

Subs

34 Ross Fitzsimons 
25 Ben Hall 
10 Jorge Grant 
21 Noor Husin 
8 Michael O'Connor 
17 Alan Smith 
30 Jon Stead


Attendance: 7,133 (1,566)


Referee: Carl Boyeson

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Secure Your Seat For The Final Home Game

Tickets are selling fast for Saturday's final home game.

27 April 2018

Secure your seat for Saturday’s final home game of the season against Notts County. 

Only 'Slightly Restricted View' seats remain available for the Young's Upper Stand for Saturday. Tickets are selling fast so take advantage of our early bird offers below.

We anticipate that the Upper and Lower Youngs stand will sell out ahead of the game.

Secure your seat at Early Bird prices at our Online Ticket Office .

Young's Upper Stand

Young's Upper Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £20 £20
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £13 £13
Young Adult (15-18) £13 £13
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Young's Lower Stand

Young's Lower Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £18 £20
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £11 £13
Young Adult (15-18) £11 £13
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Main Stand

Main Stand Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £18 £20
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £11 £13
Young Adult (15-18) £11 £13
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Pontoon Stand

Pontoon Stand Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £18 £20
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £11 £13
Young Adult (15-18) £11 £13
Student/ Unemployed £11 £13

Osmond Stand (Visitors Stand)

Osmond Stand Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £18 £20
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £11 £13
Young Adult (15-18) £11 £13
Student (Valid ID Required) £11 £13

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