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Southport 2-2 Grimsby Town

Southport's Conference survival fight will go to the final day as promotion-chasing Grimsby secured a late draw.

The hosts were heading for safety after second-half goals from Louis Almond and Luke Foster followed Jordan Chapell's opener for Grimsby.

But Shaun Pearson headed a late equaliser for the visitors, who will be in the play-offs.

Southport are three points ahead of the drop zone with one game left and a vastly superior goal difference.

A point at Welling next Saturday would ensure survival - and even if Paul Carden's side lost, Alfreton would still need an eight-goal swing to stand any chance of catching them.

Chapell broke the deadlock for Grimsby with a low finish from 12 yards after a bright start from the visitors.

Midfielder Scott Brown played the ball across the penalty area from the left and Chapell steered in a low finish from 12 yards.

But striker Almond levelled out of nothing with an angled 25-yard shot into the bottom corner and defender Foster crashed home a right-footed volley from inside the penalty area.

But Pearson headed home a cross in the 84th minute, meaning Southport are not quite safe.

Grimsby boss Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"Job done really. We've finished third and got that home play-off second.

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Hurst on Southport v Grimsby Town

"The thing is that's the highest points total we've accumulated since we've been in the Conference so all in all I'm satisfied with today.

"I think it was too comfortable for large parts of the first half and then second half we obviously never got going. We made it difficult but the lad's scored a good goal to be fair to him.

"We aren't wishing our lives away but if we could fast forward a week and a half then I would be much happier."

Line-ups

Southport

  • 1Thompson
  • 2ChallonerBooked at 81mins
  • 6Foster
  • 16RutherfordBooked at 90mins
  • 24Beesley
  • 15Connor
  • 14Joyce
  • 26Hewitt
  • 17AlmondSubstituted forEvansat 86'minutes
  • 18Marsden
  • 27McCarthy

Substitutes

  • 7Evans
  • 23Donnelly
  • 25Usai

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 5PearsonBooked at 67mins
  • 6Magnay
  • 26McLaughlinSubstituted forMackrethat 72'minutes
  • 36Gowling
  • 19ParslowBooked at 19minsSubstituted forBignotat 86'minutes
  • 4Brown
  • 16Clay
  • 37Chapell
  • 18Pittman
  • 33PalmerSubstituted forHannahat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bignot
  • 7Mackreth
  • 10Hannah
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 20Arnold
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
1,968

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthportAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Southport 2, Grimsby Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southport 2, Grimsby Town 2.

Foul by Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town).

Will Beesley (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Micah Evans (Southport).

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Paul Rutherford (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Rutherford (Southport).

Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Paul Bignot replaces Danny Parslow.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Micah Evans replaces Louis Almond.

Goal!

Goal! Southport 2, Grimsby Town 2. Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Scott Brown with a cross.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Foul by Will Beesley (Southport).

Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Booking

Matthew Challoner (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Challoner (Southport).

Jordan Chapell (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Charlie Joyce (Southport).

Scott Brown (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jordan Chapell (Grimsby Town).

Matthew Challoner (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town).

Luke Foster (Southport) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Ollie Palmer.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jack Mackreth replaces Patrick McLaughlin.

Attempt missed. Louis Almond (Southport) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Southport.

Foul by Scott Brown (Grimsby Town).

Louis Almond (Southport) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Louis Almond (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town).

Connor McCarthy (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Will Beesley (Southport).

Jordan Chapell (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jordan Chapell (Grimsby Town).

Will Beesley (Southport) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

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