Grimsby Town returned back to the EFL as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the National League. Kyle Hudlin opened the scoring for Solihull Moors before John McAtee equalized in the 69th minute. Jordan Maguire-Drew scored the winner in the 111th minute to give them victory at the London Stadium with more than 22,000 fans in attendance.

Managers Reaction

Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst: “I am happy. Very, very happy. Before we go on I want to say commiserations to Solihull and to Neal Ardley. I’m sure it will be their time in the not too distant future. I said going into the game I didn’t think that extra time would affect us. What a fantastic character. We looked too nervous at the start of the game, we were playing the occasion, not the game. I just had to remind them of what they’ve done. Again, we spoke about the importance of the substitutes, and the role they’ve played in getting us to this point. And it’s a sub who gets the winning goal. It’s somehow meant to be. I said it to the players, some things are just written. It’s all just crazy.”

Solihull Moors boss Neal Ardley: “Listen both teams had loads of chances. Finals are always down to small margins. You look at their winning goal, it came off our man’s head to the back post. It’s just those moments where you keep asking questions. On the day they nicked the winner. I don’t think either team deserved to win or to lose. But it is what it is. It’s a final and that’s what the play-offs are all about. Grimsby did a good job on us. They are a good team, they set up to stop us. We still had enough chances to score and win the game.”

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