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Grimsby supporter banned for five years

A Grimsby Town football fan has been given a five year football banning order, following his arrest in the match against Alfreton.

Kayne Hargreaves, 20, of Bradley Road, Barnoldby-Le-Beck was arrested after he had been drinking. He became abusive to police officers and other people before the Skrill Conference Premier game between Alfreton and Grimsby Town on 18 April 2014.

Mr Hargreaves pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour. He has previously been served with two football banning orders.

Hargreaves was given a five-year ban from matches, fined £75 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Nine-man Grimsby lose Conference play-off semi

Grimsby lost 2-1 to Gateshead at the Gateshead International Stadium. The Mariners went 1-0 from a James Marwood goal in the 22nd minute. They were reduced to ten men after half-time when Scott Neilson was dismissed but pulled a goal back through Craig Disley.

Things went from bad to worse for the Lincolnshire side when Sam Hatton received a second yellow and Marwood added a second for the Heed. Grimsby conceded a third late on when JJ O'Donnell shot past James McKeown.

Elsewhere Guiseley secured their place in the Conference North play-off final with a 3-0 aggregate win over North Ferriby United. They play Altrincham on May 10 at Wembley for the chance to play in the Football Conference.

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Halifax Town crash out of Conference Play-offs

FC Halifax Town's dreams of League football next year have been ended by Cambridge United. Two first half goals from U's player Delano Sam-York were enough to beat Neil Aspin's side 2-1 on aggregate.

The Shaymen will play Conference Premier football again next term, but will be enthused by a strong season this year.

Grimsby and Gateshead kick off the second play-off semi-final at 4.30pm.

Grimsby and Halifax in Conference play-off semi-finals

Grimsby and Halifax head into today's games knowing that they are just ninety minutes away from a Wembley appearance and a shot at playing in the Football League next season.

Halifax will consider themselves in a better position after a 1-0 victory in their first leg over Cambridge.

The U's have been strong at home this season though and were early pace setters in the Conference before being pegged back and overtaken by eventual winners Luton. Shaymen boss Neil Aspin is expected to name an unchanged side for the second leg at the Abbey Stadium.

Grimsby face a stern challenge away to Gateshead with the North East club holding an away goal advantage after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. The Mariners have struggled for form in the latter stages of the season and won just one in five before last week's semi-final first leg at Blundell Park.

Grimsby 1 - Gateshead 1: full time match report

Unfortunately the second half failed to live up to the excitement of the first. Chances were at a premium as neither side wanted to concede the advantage going into the second leg at Gateshead on Sunday.

The best chance of the half fell to Scott Neilsen in the 89th minute, but his effort was once again saved by Bartlett in the visitors' goal.

It ended one all - which means the winners of Sunday's game will be at Wembley on May 18.

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Grimsby 1, Gateshead 1: half time report from Chris Dawkes

Grimsby will count themselves unlucky to be only level with Gateshead as the teams went down the tunnel at half time.

But it was the North-Easteners who took the lead in the 8th minute when former Mansfield striker Colin Larkin controlled a through-ball on his chest before firing past James McKeown.

That served to awaken Grimsby who responded in style. Scott Kerr's low cross was met by the stooping head of Craig Disley to send the home crowd wild.

Chances came and went as Grimsby looked to press home their advantage but were thwarted by the athleticism of Adam Bartlett in the Gateshead goal.

The Mariners will hope they can continue that momentum into the second period, to take some sort of lead into the second leg at Gateshead on Sunday.

Grimsby game: all equal at half time

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