Grimsby Town 1-2 Solihull Moors: Substitute Hudlin At The Double
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  • Starting Line-Ups

Grimsby Town made two changes from the side that drew nil nil with Boreham Wood at the weekend. Jordan Maguire-Drew came into midfield in place of experienced midfielder Giles Coke. Elsewhere, debutant Gavan Holohan went straight into the starting eleven in replace of Erico Sousa. 

Starting Line-Up: Crocombe (GK) ; Efete, Waterfall, Smith, Amos ; Burgess, Maguire-Drew ; Holohan, Clifton, Taylor ; McAtee (4-2-3-1)


As for Solihull Moors, they also made two changes from the side that beat Eastleigh five three at the weekend. Lois Maynard replaced Alex Gudger whilst Kyle Storer was restored to the starting eleven in replace of Andrew Dallas. 

Starting Line-Up: Boot (GK) ; Clarke, Maynard, Howe, Boyes ; Maycock, Osborne ; Barnett, Sbarra, Storer ; Rooney (4-2-3-1)


  • Story Of The Match

The first chance of the match arrived after five minutes and it fell to the visitors. A corner from Kyle Storer found the head of Lois Maynard who rose highest but couldn’t keep it down for the Moors.


Adam Rooney then entered the book for bringing down Efete and then found himself in space on the edge of the penalty area and struck a brilliant half volley which was blocked by Daniel Amos. 

Grimsby’s first opportunity fell after seventeen minutes when Ryan Taylor picked out Harry Clifton who was free in the penalty area but he got it all wrong and the ball rolled through to Ryan Boot. 

Harry Boyes also found himself in space for Solihull and struck a great effort which was saved well by Grimsby goalkeeper Max Crocombe. 

Solihull Moors’ best chance of the game so far, came after half an hour when James Clarke did brilliantly on the right hand side and he picked out the in-form Joe Sbarra but his effort was deflected behind for a corner which came to nothing and Clarke found himself in the book minutes later with Kyle Storer close behind.

The first goal of the game arrived after forty-three minutes for Grimsby Town when debutant Gavan Holohan did brilliantly on the right hand side and he played a low cross into the penalty area which was poked home by Harry Clifton for his fifth league goal of the season. 


Solihull Moors did make a change at the break which saw Jamey Osbourne replaced by Andrew Dallas. However, it was Grimsby who had the golden chance to make it two. Daniel Amos found himself completely unmarked on the edge of the box but he couldn’t keep his strike down. 

Grimsby Town then came very close to doubling their lead when a ball into the box found Harry Clifton but his effort hit the post before Ryan Boot claimed the rebound. 

In the sixty-third minute, Solihull Moors went on to make a substitution that went on to change the game whilst Grimsby failed to capitalise. That change saw Kyle Hudlin come on to replace Adam Rooney. 

Within a minute however, Grimsby’s John McAtee claimed a penalty after he felt the ball struck the arm of Lois Maynard but the referee waves the appeals away. 

Solihull finally arrived in the second half after sixty-eight minutes when Harry Boyes does well on the left hand side before he picked out the head of substitute Andrew Dallas but it went narrowly wide of the target. 

Grimsby’s Jordan Maguire-Drew then should have doubled the hosts lead after he found himself in space just outside the box but he dragged his shot wide which he will kick himself for. 

Especially when minutes later, Solihull grabbed the equaliser. Callum Maycock does well on the left hand side, he slots in Andrew Dallas, his effort is saved by Max Crocombe but the rebound falls to the unmarked Kyle Hudlin who pokes the ball home to level the scoring. 

Chances continued to come for both sides but in the final minute, Solihull Moors grabbed the winner. Ryan Barnett secured his fourth assist in two games when his cross from the right was powered home via the head of substitute Kyle Hudlin to make it two one to Solihull. 

​​​​​​​Grimsby Town had half a chance in added time when Daniel Amos won a corner but it came to nothing and saw them drop even more points in the National League. 



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This was a difficult decision due to substitutes rarely winning these awards but I am going with Kyle Hudlin for sure. I have to admit, Gavan Holohan had a very good debut but when a substitute comes on and scores twice it has to win the award for sure. 

  • Where Does This Leave Both Sides?

Grimsby Town will absolutely kick themselves that they couldn’t see the game out. They had plenty of opportunities, especially when they dominated the first fifteen minutes of the second half. Those missed chances along with their managers failure to make any substitutions saw them fall to defeat. Something Grimsby fans have become all too familiar with. They stay eighth and two points off the play-offs but have played two matches more. 

Solihull Moors will be absolutely delighted this evening after they made it eleven matches unbeaten after coming from behind to take all three points at Blundell Park. Solihull made some tactical changes which won them the game arguably. The hosts simply couldn’t handle Kyle Hudlin and he will be very pleased to change the game. Victory keeps Solihull Moors fifth in the National League but sit five points clear of eighth place Grimsby and have a game in hand. They are also just five points off third place Halifax Town.