GRIMSBY TOWN snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to set-up a play-off semi-final showdown against Wrexham at a packed Racecourse on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).

The Mariners came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory against Notts County in their National League eliminator tie at Meadow Lane.

Ruben Rodrigues put the Magpies ahead and the hosts looked like they had booked their place in the last four but Grimsby midfielder Gavan Holohan scored a 96th minute equaliser to take the game to extra-time.

The match was heading for a penalty shoot-out but Emmanuel Dieseruvwe snatched Grimsby’s winner in the dying seconds to complete an unlikely comeback for Paul Hurst’s side.

Mariners boss Hurst praised his players’ never-day-die attitude to keep the promotion dream alive.

“Great character from the players,” Hurst told the club’s you-tube channel.

“We spoke at the hotel about never giving up and there is no bigger example than that, and probably will never be again in their careers, so delighted with that.

“We went to extra-time and was genuinely getting my penalty takers ready, and the next minute we scored; then it’s like ‘right, get people back and defend’.

“That last however many minutes seemed a lot longer than they were.

“Thankfully that final whistle went and we extend the season that little bit further.”

Honours were even in meetings between the sides this season.

Grimsby were beaten 1-0 at The Racecourse in January's showdown, Ollie Palmer scoring on his Wrexham debut.

The Mariners inflicted a first defeat of the season on Wrexham last September. Jake Hyde put the Reds ahead but Grimsby turned things around to win 3-1.