Grimsby Town FC

Grimsby Town have been relegated from the English Football League with two games to spare, after a 3-2 defeat away to Exeter City on Tuesday.

The Mariners have been in and around the League Two relegation zone for the majority of the season, and their fate was sealed after the club’s 22nd league defeat of the season.

A dramatic game at St James Park saw Grimsby fall behind, go ahead, have a man sent off, and then concede an 89th minute winner to confirm relegation to the Vanarama National League.

It ends a run of five seasons in the EFL, having only managed to reach as high as 15th in the table all season in what was a turbulent campaign.

In December 2020, then manager Ian Holloway resigned via Twitter following rumours of a potential takeover at the club, as well as the links the current owner has with a convicted fraudster.

He was replaced by Paul Hurst, back for his second spell in charge, but he could not steer Grimsby to safety.

In January, they became the first club in the football league to be fined for breaching COVID-19 guidelines, after cancelling fixtures that could have gone ahead.

Tensions boiled over on April 10, when forward Stefan Payne was sent off for headhunting his own team mate, Filipe Morais, during a 1-0 defeat at Bradford City.

All this culminated in disappointing results on the pitch and now means the Mariners will play non-league football next season.

Elsewhere in Lincolnshire, Lincoln City tightened their grip on a League One play-off place with a 1-0 victory away at Shrewsbury Town.

Jorge Grant’s 16th goal of the season was enough to earn the Imps all three points, and leave Michael Appleton’s men needing just one point from their final three matches to confirm a spot in the play-offs.

It marked an incredible record for the Imps, who secured a 13th away league win of the season, a club record in the EFL.

Incredibly, Lincoln could still finish inside the top two and secure automatic promotion, but to do that they would have to win all three of their remaining games, including a crunch match with second placed Peterborough United this weekend, and hope Posh lose both of their matches too.

Scunthorpe United look set to remain in League Two after Grimsby’s relegation, as despite losing 4-0 to Newport County on Tuesday, the Iron find themselves six points clear of the drop zone with two games to go.

Grimsby Town striker Montel Gibson has apologised after posting photos and videos of him hosting a gender reveal party, which was attended by a number of people.

The 23-year-old is currently gaining experience at Altrincham after joining the non-league side on a one-month loan deal from the Mariners.

He got himself into hot water over the weekend when he posted the photos and videos on his Instagram account of the gender reveal for what will be his first-born child.

It sparked anger among Grimsby fans. Grimsby manager Paul Hurst reportedly said this week that he was “certainly not happy about it”. The football club also carried out an internal investigation.

The footballer hosted a gender reveal party at his house.

The player has now issued an apology, saying: “On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to apologise to the fans, Paul Hurst, the board of Grimsby Town and all players and staff at the club for my actions on Sunday.

“Having a child is a special occasion and with it being my first, we were wanting to celebrate safely with family.

“My actions came across as selfish and I am aware of all the sacrifices made in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

“I made a genuine mistake and will remind myself to ensure I know and respect the government guidelines so an incident like this does not repeat itself.

“I am a young man who is now destined to be a father and I want to be a role model to her and all football fans across the world.

“I know I have let everyone down and I will endeavour to right my wrongs. Following an investigation by the club, the matter has been dealt with internally. I once again issue my sincere apologies.”

Meanwhile, fellow Grimsby player Rollin Menayese has been reunited with his car, which he had reported stolen to police earlier this week.

Grimsby Town defender Rollin Menayese is appealing for help after his car was stolen just two months after he joined the Mariners on loan from Mansfield.

The Welsh footballer, who was born in DR Congo, saw his week get off to a difficult start after his black Mercedes GLA 200 AMG car was stolen.

The 23-year-old said it was stolen between 2pm on Monday, March 22 and 11am on Tuesday, March 23 from Prince’s Road in Cleethorpes. His social media post about the incident was retweeted over 250 times.

Grimsby Town also helped put out Menayese’s appeal on social media, with over 160 people sharing the club’s Facebook post.

A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “We are investigating the theft of a black Mercedes GLA 200 AMG registration number WF67XME.

“It was reported that the car was taken from outside a house on Prince’s Road in Grimsby between 2pm on Monday and 11am on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

“Our enquiries continue and if anyone has information about this incident or the whereabouts of the car please call us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 16/33467/21.”

Menayese became manager Paul Hurst’s second signing in January and was part of the side to win 1-0 at relegation rivals Barrow on Wednesday, March 24.

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