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Burton Albion   3 - 0   Grimsby

Burton 3-0 Grimsby

Burton 3-0 Grimsby

Grimsby have been relegated from the Football League after falling to a final-day defeat away at Burton.

The Mariners could have held on to their League Two status if they had won and Barnet had failed to beat Rochdale.

But Grimsby were thoroughly outplayed at the Pirelli Stadium, and the Bees snatched a last-minute victory anyway.

Greg Pearson fired into the top corner to put Burton ahead, Shaun Harrad made it 2-0 from close range and he sealed the win with a superb free-kick.

Relegation to the Blue Square Premier ends Grimsby's 99-year stay in the Football League despite a brave battle after once being seven points adrift of safety.

Victory over fellow strugglers Barnet last weekend set up a potentially miraculous escape, but their hopes were hit as early as the 10th minute when Pearson smashed in the opener from 20 yards.

Grimsby had their chances in the first half with veteran goalkeeper Kevin Poole twice denying Town's Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro with superb saves.

But as they piled on the pressure, the visitors were hit by a sucker punch when Burton top scorer Harrad bundled home his 21st goal of the season from Pearson's deflected cross.

Poole continued to thwart the visitors with saves from Michael Coulson and Jamie Devitt in the opening minutes of the second half.

But Albion's strikers were proving deadly and Harrad made it 3-0 with a superbly-struck 25-yard free-kick in the 58th minute.

There was still time for Poole to produce an incredible one-handed stop to keep out Lee Peacock's effort, but by then it was all over for Grimsby anyway as Barnet secured a last-gasp win over Rochdale.


Burton manager Paul Peschisolido told BBC Radio Derby:

"It was brilliant. I told people my lads want to win every game and you saw it today.

"Even when we were 3-0 up they were still going and still going.

"It was difficult circumstances, playing against a team fighting for their lives, but we had that gritty determination."

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Saturday, 8 May 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Burton Albion 3-0 Grimsby FT
(HT 2-0)Grimsby are relegated
  • Pearson 10
  • Harrad 37
  • Harrad 58

    Burton Albion

    • 01 Poole
    • 02 Boertien
    • 05 James yellow card
    • 21 Boco yellow card
    • 25 Parkes
    • 04 Simpson
    • 06 McGrath
    • 16 Penn (Webster 49)
    • 23 Taylor yellow card
    • 09 Harrad
    • 18 Pearson

    Substitutes

    • 03 Webster,
    • 08 Corbett,
    • 24 Grocott,
    • 28 Kelly,
    • 11 Gilroy,
    • 22 Knowles

    Grimsby

    • 01 Colgan
    • 03 Widdowson
    • 05 Lancashire
    • 25 Atkinson
    • 04 Sinclair yellow card (Sweeney 60)
    • 14 Bore
    • 24 Devitt (Chambers 67)
    • 32 Hudson
    • 21 Coulson
    • 26 Akpa Akpro
    • 37 Peacock

    Substitutes

    • 35 Overton,
    • 16 Linwood,
    • 06 Sweeney,
    • 19 Leary,
    • 29 Wood,
    • 33 Chambers,
    • 36 Wright
    Ref: BatesAtt: 5,510
    BURTON ALBION
    GRIMSBY

    Possession

    • Burton Albion 46%
    • Grimsby 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Burton Albion 6
    • Grimsby 19

    Attempts off target

    • Burton Albion 7
    • Grimsby 15

    Corners

    • Burton Albion 7
    • Grimsby 13

    Fouls

    • Burton Albion 17
    • Grimsby 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:58 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:51 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 90:00+1:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John McGrath by Peter Bore. Free kick taken by Aaron Webster.
    • 90:00+0:35 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 89:42 Michael Coulson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 89:09 Cleveland Taylor takes a shot. Nick Colgan makes a save.
    • 88:43 Ashley Chambers produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 87:23 Centre by Joe Widdowson, Lee Peacock takes a shot. Tom Parkes gets a block in. Peter Sweeney takes a short corner. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Sweeney, clearance by Tony James.
    • 84:19 The ball is sent over by Michael Coulson, Lee Peacock takes a shot. Kevin Poole makes a brilliant save.
    • 83:55 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Tom Parkes gets a block in.
    • 83:44 Shaun Harrad is ruled offside. Oliver Lancashire restarts play with the free kick.
    • 82:01 Ashley Chambers takes a shot. Blocked by Tony James. Inswinging corner taken by Peter Sweeney, Effort from deep inside the area by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro misses to the left of the target.
    • 81:14 A cross is delivered by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, clearance made by Tom Parkes.
    • 79:40 Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross. Shaun Harrad has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
    • 78:54 Lee Peacock has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Romuald Boco gets a block in.
    • 78:34 Greg Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Atkinson. Direct free kick taken by Robert Atkinson.
    • 77:39 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has an effort at goal. Kevin Poole makes a save.
    • 77:02 Aaron Webster crosses the ball, Oliver Lancashire makes a clearance.
    • 76:27 Tony James fouled by Mark Hudson, the ref awards a free kick. Tony James takes the direct free kick.
    • 76:04 Cleveland Taylor delivers the ball, Greg Pearson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
    • 74:29 Tony James concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Peter Sweeney takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:35 John McGrath concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Sweeney. Direct free kick taken by Nick Colgan.
    • 73:08 Peter Sweeney delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Tony James.
    • 73:08 Booking Booking for Cleveland Taylor for unsporting behaviour.
    • 72:49 Cleveland Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Peacock.
    • 72:01 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro misses to the left of the goal.
    • 70:52 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Sweeney from the right by-line to the near post, Ashley Chambers takes a shot. Comfortable save by Kevin Poole. A cross is delivered by Michael Coulson, save by Kevin Poole.
    • 69:27 Peter Sweeney shoots direct from the free kick, save by Kevin Poole.
    • 69:27 Booking Caution for Tony James.
    • 69:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Tony James.
    • 68:12 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by John McGrath.
    • 67:36 The ball is swung over by Cleveland Taylor.
    • 67:07 Mark Hudson takes a shot. Save by Kevin Poole.
    • 65:44 Substitution Ashley Chambers replaces Jamie Devitt.
    • 65:44 Tom Parkes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Peacock. Free kick taken by Peter Sweeney.
    • 65:26 Effort from 18 yards by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Blocked by John McGrath.
    • 64:36 Shaun Harrad delivers the ball, Joe Widdowson makes a clearance. Pass corner from right by-line taken by John McGrath to short, save by Nick Colgan.
    • 64:09 Lee Peacock takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Kevin Poole.
    • 63:39 The ball is sent over by Joe Widdowson, Michael Simpson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Sweeney, clearance by Tony James.
    • 62:53 Peter Sweeney takes the outswinging corner, Header by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 62:06 Corner taken by Peter Sweeney, Oliver Lancashire takes a shot. Save by Kevin Poole.
    • 61:48 The offside flag is raised against Shaun Harrad. Nick Colgan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:23 Greg Pearson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Nick Colgan.
    • 59:33 Substitution Peter Sweeney joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Sinclair.
    • 57:12 GOAL - Shaun HarradBurton Albion 3 - 0 Grimsby Shaun Harrad finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Burton Albion 3-0 Grimsby.
    • 56:35 Booking Caution for Dean Sinclair.
    • 56:14 Dean Sinclair concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Harrad.
    • 55:38 Lee Peacock is caught offside. Paul Boertien takes the free kick.
    • 54:14 Peter Bore challenges Aaron Webster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cleveland Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Nick Colgan.
    • 53:38 The ball is delivered by Shaun Harrad, Oliver Lancashire manages to make a clearance.
    • 52:31 Shaun Harrad produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 52:03 Greg Pearson has a drilled shot. Save by Nick Colgan.
    • 51:27 Jamie Devitt takes a shot. Save by Kevin Poole.
    • 49:53 Shot from 20 yards from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Blocked by Tony James. Michael Coulson takes a shot. Save made by Kevin Poole. Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Devitt from the right by-line, Dean Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Parkes. Corner taken by Jamie Devitt from the right by-line, save made by Kevin Poole.
    • 48:39 Substitution Russell Penn leaves the field to be replaced by Aaron Webster.
    • 48:39 Effort from the edge of the box by Lee Peacock goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 48:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Widdowson by Cleveland Taylor. Nick Colgan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:07 Corner taken by Jamie Devitt from the right by-line played to the near post, Dean Sinclair takes a shot. Blocked by Greg Pearson.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:11 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+2:02 Effort from outside the area by Greg Pearson goes wide right of the goal.
    • 45:00+0:18 Centre by Shaun Harrad, clearance by Robert Atkinson. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Cleveland Taylor.
    • 43:38 Russell Penn takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Widdowson. John McGrath crosses the ball, Robert Atkinson makes a clearance. Cleveland Taylor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 42:51 John McGrath takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Lee Peacock makes a clearance.
    • 42:17 The ball is crossed by Joe Widdowson.
    • 40:42 Jamie Devitt produces a drilled right-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Kevin Poole.
    • 40:19 Foul by Michael Simpson on Mark Hudson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Atkinson.
    • 39:34 Lee Peacock has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 39:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Coulson by Tony James. Jamie Devitt delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line.
    • 38:34 The ball is delivered by Shaun Harrad.
    • 36:43 Greg Pearson provided the assist for the goal.
    • 36:43 GOAL - Shaun HarradBurton Albion 2 - 0 Grimsby Shaun Harrad fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burton Albion 2-0 Grimsby.
    • 36:39 Greg Pearson sends in a cross,
    • 34:51 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Devitt from the left by-line, Lee Peacock takes a shot. Paul Boertien gets a block in. Lee Peacock takes a shot. Tony James gets a block in.
    • 33:41 Jamie Devitt takes the inswinging corner, Tony James makes a clearance.
    • 33:01 Cleveland Taylor challenges Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Devitt.
    • 32:49 The ball is swung over by Russell Penn.
    • 30:58 Booking The referee books Romuald Boco for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 30:55 Romuald Boco challenges Jamie Devitt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Widdowson sends in a cross, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Save made by Kevin Poole. Michael Coulson takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by John McGrath.
    • 30:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Romuald Boco on Jamie Devitt. Centre by Joe Widdowson, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Save by Kevin Poole. Corner taken right-footed by Michael Coulson to the near post, John McGrath manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:11 Lee Peacock fouled by Michael Simpson, the ref awards a free kick. Oliver Lancashire restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:34 The ball is crossed by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Michael Coulson has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 27:30 Jamie Devitt sends in a cross.
    • 26:33 Peter Bore produces a cross, John McGrath makes a clearance.
    • 25:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Oliver Lancashire on Greg Pearson. John McGrath takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:42 Oliver Lancashire is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Russell Penn. The ball is crossed by Cleveland Taylor, blocked by Oliver Lancashire. Corner taken right-footed by Cleveland Taylor, clearance made by Oliver Lancashire. Corner taken left-footed by John McGrath from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Hudson makes a clearance.
    • 22:20 Romuald Boco gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Direct free kick taken by Joe Widdowson.
    • 21:49 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro concedes a free kick for a foul on Romuald Boco. Romuald Boco restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:01 Shot by Cleveland Taylor. Blocked by Dean Sinclair.
    • Correction - 20:23 Russell Penn fouled by Michael Coulson, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Poole restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn by Michael Coulson. Kevin Poole takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:00 Shaun Harrad challenges Nick Colgan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nick Colgan.
    • 18:21 Unfair challenge on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by Tony James results in a free kick. Mark Hudson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:25 The ball is sent over by Peter Bore, Tom Parkes makes a clearance. Mark Hudson has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
    • 16:17 Foul by Joe Widdowson on Cleveland Taylor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Romuald Boco.
    • 13:59 John McGrath takes the inswinging corner, Lee Peacock makes a clearance.
    • 12:38 Cleveland Taylor delivers the ball.
    • 9:52 Assist by Russell Penn.
    • 9:52 GOAL - Greg PearsonBurton Albion 1 - 0 Grimsby A goal is scored by Greg Pearson from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Burton Albion 1-0 Grimsby.
    • 9:20 Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro produces a cross.
    • 8:25 Tony James fouled by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Poole restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:03 Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross, Oliver Lancashire manages to make a clearance.
    • 7:55 Cleveland Taylor sends in a cross, blocked by Joe Widdowson.
    • 6:41 Foul by Mark Hudson on Shaun Harrad, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from John McGrath.
    • 5:47 Robert Atkinson fouled by Tony James, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Atkinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:53 Foul by Greg Pearson on Oliver Lancashire, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nick Colgan.
    • 1:22 Mark Hudson takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
    • 0:28 Michael Coulson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 8 May 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Notts County 46 65 93
    2 Bournemouth 46 17 83
    3 Rochdale 46 34 82
    4 Morecambe 46 9 73
    5 Rotherham 46 3 73
    6 Aldershot 46 13 72
    7 Dag & Red 46 11 72
    8 Chesterfield 46 -1 70
    9 Bury 46 -5 69
    10 Port Vale 46 11 68
    11 Northampton 46 9 67
    12 Shrewsbury 46 1 63
    13 Burton Albion 46 0 62
    14 Bradford 46 -3 62
    15 Accrington 46 -12 61
    16 Hereford 46 -11 59
    17 Torquay 46 9 57
    18 Crewe 46 -5 55
    19 Macclesfield 46 -9 54
    20 Lincoln City 46 -23 50
    21 Barnet 46 -16 48
    22 Cheltenham 46 -17 48
    23 Grimsby 46 -26 44
    24 Darlington 46 -54 30

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