National League - 1st Leg
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Eastleigh 1-2 Grimsby Town

Nathan Arnold celebrates
Nathan Arnold opened the scoring after three minutes

Nathan Arnold's superb double gave Grimsby the advantage over Eastleigh in the Conference play-off semi-final.

Grimsby took an early lead thanks to Arnold's 25-yard half-volley.

Ollie Palmer hit the post as they sought a second goal, while Eastleigh's best chance of the first half saw Jack Midson denied by James McKeown.

Substitute Yemi Odubade levelled when he tapped in from close range, before Arnold's flick and volley sealed the win for Grimsby.

Eastleigh goalkeeper Ross Flitney, who had earlier saved a close-range effort from Arnold, made a stunning stop to keep out Lenell John-Lewis to keep the deficit at one ahead of Sunday's second leg.

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill told BBC Radio Solent:

"We didn't play as well as we could do tonight, we just needed another boost after scoring the goal.

"It was a tough tie and we've just made it a little bit tougher.

"It was a tight, quick, high-tempo game and that's what we expected."

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"It is a great result but I would have liked us to have played better.

"It's the sternest test we've had, certainly against Eastleigh in three games as it is now, and we will expect another one on Sunday.

"I hope whatever team we select, we know we can take that first step to going one better and achieve what we want to do."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flitney
  • 16Evans
  • 25Turley
  • 8StanleySubstituted forHowardat 78'minutes
  • 26Partington
  • 14StrevensBooked at 36mins
  • 2SpenceBooked at 64mins
  • 10Reason
  • 11McAllister
  • 9Constable
  • 12MidsonSubstituted forOdubadeat 59'minutesBooked at 66mins


  • 5Beckwith
  • 7Odubade
  • 19Howard
  • 27Pell
  • 29Burton


Formation 5-3-2

  • 1McKeown
  • 22Nsiala
  • 36Gowling
  • 5Pearson
  • 6MagnayBooked at 61mins
  • 7Mackreth
  • 8Disley
  • 4BrownSubstituted forClayat 76'minutes
  • 20ArnoldBooked at 85mins
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 33PalmerSubstituted forPittmanat 76'minutes


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

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamGrimsby
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eastleigh 1, Grimsby Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Grimsby Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Constable (Eastleigh) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Offside, Grimsby Town. Jack Mackreth tries a through ball, but Jack Mackreth is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lenell John-Lewis (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brian Howard (Eastleigh) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Booking

    Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Arnold (Grimsby Town).

  14. Post update

    Brian Howard (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town).

  16. Post update

    Brian Howard (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town).

  18. Post update

    Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yemi Odubade (Eastleigh) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.