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.

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Grimsby Town 3, Eastleigh 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 3, Eastleigh 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ben Strevens (Eastleigh).

  5. Post update

    Jack Mackreth (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Grimsby Town. Ross Hannah replaces Nathan Arnold.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Craig McAllister (Eastleigh).

  13. Post update

    Shaun Pearson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Turley (Eastleigh).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

  20. Post update

    Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.