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May 23, 2022 at 7.45pm UK at Meadow Lane Stadium
Notts County
1 - 2
Grimsby Town
Rodrigues (73')
O'Brien (38'), Brunt (100')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Holohan (90+6'), Dieseruvwe (119')
Clifton (43'), Taylor (70'), Waterfall (85')

Preview: Notts County vs. Grimsby Town - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's National League clash between Notts County and Grimsby Town, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Notts County and Grimsby Town will meet in the National League promotion playoffs on Monday evening, with the two sides battling for a position in the semi-finals.

Grimsby finished sixth in the regular National League campaign, boasting 77 points from their 44 matches, while Notts County were fifth, five points above their opponents in this contest.


Match preview

A general shot of Notts County stadium Meadow Lane in April 2015© Reuters

Notts County have spent the last three seasons in the National League following their relegation from League Two at the end of 2018-19; they were a League One outfit as recent as 2015, but it has been a tough few years for the club, who will be desperate to secure a return to the Football League.

The Magpies enjoyed a solid 2021-22 campaign in the National League, winning 24, drawing 10 and losing 10 of their 44 matches to collect 82 points, which was enough for fifth spot in the table.

Ian Burchnall's side will enter this match in impressive form, having won six of their last seven matches, suffering just one defeat in the process, including their last three of the regular season against Dover Athletic, Altrincham and Maidenhead United.

Notts County are in the quarter-finals of the playoffs alongside Grimsby, Halifax Town and Chesterfield, with the four teams bidding to advance to the semi-finals, where Wrexham and Solihull Moors are waiting.

The Nottingham outfit beat Grimsby 1-0 in North East Lincolnshire earlier this season but suffered a 2-1 defeat when the pair locked horns at Meadow Lane in February.

Grimsby Town's Jordan Maquire-Drew celebrates scoring their first goal on January 3, 2022© Reuters

Grimsby dropped out of the Football League last season courtesy of finishing 24th in League Two, but they are in a position to challenge for promotion back to the fourth tier of English football.

The Mariners won 23, drew eight and lost 13 of their 44 National League games in 2021-22 to collect 77 points, which left them in sixth spot in the table, one point ahead of seventh-place Chesterfield and four clear of Dagenham & Redbridge in eighth.

Paul Hurst's side played out a pulsating 4-4 draw with Eastleigh in their last match on May 15, but they have only won one of their last four games, so Notts County will enter this game in the stronger form.

Grimsby had a mixed record on their travels during the National League campaign, meanwhile, winning eight, drawing six and losing eight of their 22 matches to collect 30 points.

Notts County, though, had the third-best home record in the league in 2021-22, winning 15, drawing five and losing just two of their 22 games to collect 50 points.

Notts County National League form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

Grimsby Town National League form:
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D


Team News

Notts County should have skipper Kyle Cameron in their starting XI for this match despite the fact that he was substituted in the second half of the win over Maidenhead last time out.

Adam Chicksen was not involved in the team's last game due to a precaution but is expected to be available for selection here, with the 30-year-old set to line up at the back.

Ruben Rodrigues and Kyle Wootton have both scored 19 league goals this season, meanwhile, and the pair should continue in the final third of the field here.

As for Grimsby, head coach Hurst has revealed that his squad is in strong shape for the contest, with Adam Crookes and Arjan Raikhy both back in training.

Crookes is set to start on Monday evening, while Raikhy is likely to be on the bench, having only just made his return from a three-month absence.

Luke Waterfall is also available after serving a suspension, while John McAtee, who has scored 14 league goals this season, should feature in the final third of the field.

Notts County possible starting lineup:
Slocombe; Brindley, Cameron, Chicksen; Richardson, O'Brien, Roberts, Palmer, Kelly-Evans; Rodrigues, Wootton

Grimsby Town possible starting lineup:
Battersby; Cropper, Waterfall, Pearson, Crookes; Coke, Jones; Maguire-Drew, Burgess, Wright; McAtee


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We say: Notts County 2-1 Grimsby Town

This has all of the makings of a brilliant game, and both sides will fancy their chances of progressing. It would not be a surprise to see an away victory here, but Notts County have so much quality in the final third of the field, and we are backing Burchnall's side to edge a close contest to advance to the semi-finals.

For additional data used by our team to analyse our suggested result please click here.


Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data

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How you voted: Notts County vs Grimsby Town

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Draw
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Grimsby Town
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