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Notts County 2-1 Grimsby Town

Notts County remain on the brink of relegation from the English Football League for the first time in their history despite a 2-1 win over Grimsby.

A Craig Mackail-Smith strike and a Harry Clifton own goal kept their fading hopes alive at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

But they must now beat Swindon away and hope Macclesfield lose at home to Cambridge on the final day of the season to stay up.

Kane Hemmings was inches away from getting on the end of a dangerous cross before Jim O'Brien had a shot saved by James McKeown on 20 minutes.

Pierce Bird headed wide before Matt Tootle went close with a free-kick as County kept up the pressure.

And Mackail-Smith put the Magpies ahead with a tap-in after a perfect cross by Mitch Rose after 48 minutes.

Clifton turned into his own net to make the game safe for County, before Alex Whitmore scored a consolation six minutes into stoppage time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 27Schofield
  • 2Tootle
  • 18StubbsBooked at 48mins
  • 16Brisley
  • 3Bird
  • 24Milsom
  • 26RoseBooked at 55mins
  • 43Doyle
  • 21O'Brien
  • 28Mackail-SmithSubstituted forSteadat 76'minutes
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forGomisat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 7Alessandra
  • 8Vaughan
  • 10Gomis
  • 11Boldewijn
  • 25Evina
  • 30Stead

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Hall-JohnsonBooked at 50minsSubstituted forWrightat 52'minutes
  • 24Davis
  • 25Whitmore
  • 14Grayson
  • 27Hendrie
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 18VernamSubstituted forCardwellat 69'minutes
  • 15Clifton
  • 21RoseSubstituted forBurrellat 69'minutes
  • 16Woolford

Substitutes

  • 3Ring
  • 17Cardwell
  • 20Wright
  • 23Russell
  • 29Burrell
  • 30Curran
  • 31Pollock
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
8,519

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 2, Grimsby Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Grimsby Town 1.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 2, Grimsby Town 1. Alex Whitmore (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Pierce Bird (Notts County).

Attempt blocked. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Pierce Bird (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Whitmore (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Sam Stubbs.

Jim O'Brien (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Clifton (Grimsby Town).

Attempt blocked. Virgil Gomis (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Grayson (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Virgil Gomis (Notts County).

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Ryan Schofield.

Attempt saved. Max Wright (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Virgil Gomis (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Jon Stead replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Virgil Gomis replaces Kane Hemmings.

Foul by Robert Milsom (Notts County).

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joe Grayson (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Robert Milsom (Notts County).

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michael Doyle (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Grayson (Grimsby Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Harry Cardwell replaces Charles Vernam.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Rumarn Burrell replaces Ahkeem Rose.

Goal!

Own Goal by Harry Clifton, Grimsby Town. Notts County 2, Grimsby Town 0.

Mitch Rose (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Grayson (Grimsby Town).

Pierce Bird (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town).

Sam Stubbs (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahkeem Rose (Grimsby Town).

Foul by Sam Stubbs (Notts County).

Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Max Wright (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matt Tootle (Notts County).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City452316673403385
2Bury4422111180542677
3Mansfield452016969402976
4MK Dons4522101370492176
5Forest Green4520131268472173
6Tranmere4420121261461572
7Exeter4519121460491169
8Colchester451910166253967
9Carlisle45207186762567
10Stevenage451910165755267
11Newport441910155658-267
12Crewe45198186057365
13Oldham4416141465531262
14Swindon451516145655161
15Northampton451319135961-258
16Cheltenham451512185766-957
17Grimsby45158224356-1353
18Morecambe451411205369-1653
19Crawley45148234867-1950
20Port Vale451212213854-1648
21Cambridge451210233965-2646
22Macclesfield451013224773-2643
23Notts County45914224781-3441
24Yeovil45912244166-2539
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