With just two minutes to go at Bradley FDC, Grimsby Borough looked to be heading for the play-off’s after starting the day in the driving seat – but an 88th minute own goal levelled the game against Shirebrook – keeping their faint hopes alive of automatic promotion.
Borough are now relying on the Eccleshill United versus Yorkshire Amateur game on Monday, needing them to draw and with a Borough win, that would guarantee an automatic promotion spot. Any other result and that would mean a second successive season in the play-off’s.
The Wilderness Boys are certain of a home tie in the semi-final of the play-offs, but a win guarantees a home tie for the final if they were to get there.
Joint manager Nathan Collins was upset with Borough’s performance, “Really frustrating day and performance from us, our decision making in the last third was awful today and we only have ourselves to blame for not getting the 3 points but it’s not all over yet so we need to do our job on Monday and hope for a bit of luck in the other game.”
Daniel Barrett, Borough’s other joint manager was just as honest in his reflection, “Draw was probably a fair result. We lacked conviction again today. We go again Monday, look forward to a cup final Wednesday and see what happens in the play-offs.”