Grimsby City have been relegated again to the Nationwide League after 5 seasons within the English Soccer League.
The Mariners fell to a 3-2 defeat at Exeter Metropolis to depart them seven factors adrift of security with two video games left.
Lenell John-Lewis and Jay Matete had put them 2-1 up, however after Matete was despatched off Ryan Bowman struck an 89th-minute winner for the Grecians.
It has been a season of toil on and off the pitch, with a protracted takeover nonetheless to undergo.
Relegation has at all times regarded doubtless in a marketing campaign by which the best place they reached was fifteenth in October.
Holloway walks away and the flawed form of struggle
Grimsby’s season acquired off to dangerous begin when an outbreak of Covid-19 meant they didn’t play a aggressive sport for 3 weeks between 19 September and 10 October.
After they did return to the pitch, seven factors in three video games noticed them attain their season-high place of fifteenth however they shortly tumbled again down the desk.
Boss Ian Holloway resigned on 23 December, lower than per week after saying he was “not going anyplace until I am instructed to”.
He was changed by former supervisor Paul Hurst, who had led the membership to promotion out of the Nationwide League in 2016.
Nevertheless, Hurst was unable to arrest the slide and it took him till his seventh sport to choose up his first win.
They did handle an eight-game unbeaten run from 9 March to five April however drew seven of these eight as their survival bid stuttered.
They then fell to a 1-0 defeat at Bradford on 10 April in a sport that say Mariners ahead Stefan Payne despatched off for headbutting team-mate Filipe Morais. Hurst subsequently revealed neither would play for the membership once more.
A shock 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Bolton within the subsequent match gave them a glimmer of hope, just for a thumping 3-0 defeat at Blundell Park by Morecambe three days later to all-but extinguish it.
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Match ends, Exeter Metropolis 3, Grimsby City 2.
Second Half ends, Exeter Metropolis 3, Grimsby City 2.
Offside, Exeter Metropolis. Archie Collins tries a by ball, however Randell Williams is caught offside.
Rollin Menayese (Grimsby City) is proven the yellow card.
Jökull Andrésson (Exeter Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Grimsby City).
Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter Metropolis).
Evan Khouri (Grimsby City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Offside, Exeter Metropolis. Jack Sparkes tries a by ball, however Matt Jay is caught offside.
Try blocked. Harry Clifton (Grimsby City) header from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Sam Habergham with a cross.
Nook, Grimsby City. Conceded by Joshua Key.
Foul by Joshua Key (Exeter Metropolis).
Sam Habergham (Grimsby City) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Ryan Bowman (Exeter Metropolis) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Rollin Menayese (Grimsby City).
Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter Metropolis).
Elliott Hewitt (Grimsby City) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Randell Williams (Exeter Metropolis).
Sean Scannell (Grimsby City) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Substitution, Grimsby City. Ira Jackson Jr replaces Luke Waterfall.