National League - 2nd Leg
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Grimsby Town 3-0 Eastleigh (5-1 agg)

Ollie Palmer
Ollie Palmer gave Grimsby the lead with his seventh goal since joining from Mansfield in January

Grimsby will face Bristol Rovers in the Conference promotion final at Wembley after comfortably beating Eastleigh.

Eastleigh created the better of the early chances, but Ollie Palmer's sharp turn and shot extended Grimsby's 2-1 aggregate lead from the first leg.

Having set up the opener, Lenell John-Lewis then added a second with a cool right-footed finish before the break.

Eastleigh pushed forward but struggled to create chances, before Palmer slotted home a third to seal the win.

The result means Grimsby kept alive their hopes of returning to the Football League for the first time since their relegation from League Two in 2010.

Despite their play-off exit, Eastleigh can take pride from a successful debut season in non-league football's top tier.

Earlier in the day, Bristol Rovers eased into the promotion final with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Forest Green.

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Hurst on Grimsby Town v Eastleigh

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"A good day for the club. We know there's one more, absolutely massive game in front of us, which we know is going to be difficult

"For the time being we'll enjoy this moment, and there's some planning for me to do.

"We've already got a skeleton plan in place but a few days rest and then really start the focus on that game."

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Pearson
  • 4BrownBooked at 13minsSubstituted forClayat 68'minutes
  • 6Magnay
  • 36Gowling
  • 7Mackreth
  • 8Disley
  • 20ArnoldSubstituted forHannahat 85'minutes
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 33PalmerSubstituted forPittmanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Hannah
  • 16Clay
  • 18Pittman
  • 19Parslow
  • 37Chapell

Eastleigh

  • 1Flitney
  • 26Partington
  • 25Turley
  • 27PellSubstituted forBurtonat 46'minutes
  • 3Green
  • 16Evans
  • 19HowardBooked at 34minsSubstituted forWalkerat 46'minutes
  • 14Strevens
  • 10Reason
  • 11McAllister
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forOdubadeat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Beckwith
  • 7Odubade
  • 12Midson
  • 28Walker
  • 29Burton
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
6,286

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamEastleigh
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 3, Eastleigh 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 3, Eastleigh 0.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Jon-Paul Pittman tries a through ball, but Jon-Paul Pittman is caught offside.

Foul by Ben Strevens (Eastleigh).

Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Attempt missed. Craig Clay (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ross Hannah.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Nathan Arnold.

Attempt blocked. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Craig McAllister (Eastleigh).

Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jamie Turley (Eastleigh).

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Jon-Paul Pittman replaces Ollie Palmer.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ollie Palmer tries a through ball, but Ollie Palmer is caught offside.

Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Foul by Jamie Turley (Eastleigh).

Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister tries a through ball, but Craig McAllister is caught offside.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ollie Palmer tries a through ball, but Ollie Palmer is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 3, Eastleigh 0. Ollie Palmer (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Yemi Odubade (Eastleigh).

Aristote Nsiala (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Craig Clay replaces Scott Brown.

Foul by Craig Disley (Grimsby Town).

Ben Strevens (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Palmer (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yemi Odubade with a cross.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Ollie Palmer tries a through ball, but Ollie Palmer is caught offside.

Corner, Grimsby Town.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Lenell John-Lewis tries a through ball, but Lenell John-Lewis is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Dan Walker (Eastleigh) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Hand ball by Ben Strevens (Eastleigh).

Foul by Deon Burton (Eastleigh).

Carl Magnay (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

Offside, Grimsby Town. Nathan Arnold tries a through ball, but Nathan Arnold is caught offside.

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