Result: Southport 2-2 Grimsby

Southport’s Conference survival fight will go to the final day as promotion-chasing Grimsby secured a late draw.

The hosts were heading for safety after second-half goals from Louis Almond and Luke Foster followed Jordan Chapell’s opener for Grimsby.

But Shaun Pearson headed a late equaliser for the visitors, who will be in the play-offs.

Southport are three points ahead of the drop zone with one game left and a vastly superior goal difference.

A point at Welling next Saturday would ensure survival – and even if Paul Carden’s side lost, Alfreton would still need an eight-goal swing to stand any chance of catching them.

Chapell broke the deadlock for Grimsby with a low finish from 12 yards after a bright start from the visitors.

Midfielder Scott Brown played the ball across the penalty area from the left and Chapell steered in a low finish from 12 yards.

But striker Almond levelled out of nothing with an angled 25-yard shot into the bottom corner and defender Foster crashed home a right-footed volley from inside the penalty area.

But Pearson headed home a cross in the 84th minute, meaning Southport are not quite safe.

Report by: bbc

  • Southport
  • 01 Thompson 
  • 02 Challoner Booked
  • 06 Foster 
  • 16 Rutherford Booked
  • 24 Beesley 
  • 15 Connor 
  • 14 Joyce 
  • 26 Hewitt 
  • 17 Almond (Evans – 86′ )
  • 18 Marsden 
  • 27 McCarthy 

Substitutes

  • 07 Evans 
  • 23 Donnelly 
  • 25 Usai 

Grimsby Town 

  • 01 McKeown 
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 06 Magnay 
  • 26 McLaughlin (Mackreth – 72′ )
  • 36 Gowling 
  • 19 Parslow Booked (Bignot – 86′ )
  • 04 Brown 
  • 16 Clay 
  • 37 Chapell 
  • 18 Pittman 
  • 33 Palmer (Hannah – 72′ )
  • Substitutes
  • 02 Bignot 
  • 07 Mackreth 
  • 10 Hannah 
  • 14 John-Lewis 
  • 20 Arnold 
Ref: Richard Wigglesworth
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