Grimsby Town promoted to Football League after play-off final victory

Grimsby Town were promoted to the Football League after winning the National League play-off final against Solihull Moors.

Paul Hurst’s side triumphed 2-1 at the London Stadium, having trailed 1-0 after a first-half goal from Solihull’s Kyle Hudlin.

However, an excellent goal from John McAtee sent the game into extra time, before the Lincolnshire club were sent into ecstasy by Jordan Maguire-Drew’s scrappy winner in the 111th minute.

It was the third overtime victory of their play-off series.

Grimsby returns to League Two at first request, having been relegated alongside Southend United in 2020-21.

They finished sixth in the National League table this season but then beat top seeds Notts County and Wrexham in the play-offs to go one game in the Football League. Solihull finished third in the table.

Speaking after scoring the winner, Maguire-Drew told BT Sport: “It still hasn’t been figured out. It was just meant to be from the start. It was frustrating being on the bench, it it just has to count.

“I saw the ball fly away and you just have to play. Luckily I did.

“We never gave up, we are very much together. The fans, the city, the band, everyone is together. I’m just buzzing.

For the storyline Grimsby faced ahead of this season, dig deeper with Simon Hughes and Phil Buckingham’s report this time last year.

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