Fletcher secures Cherries' safety

Steve Fletcher scored his 100th goal for the club as Bournemouth secured League Two survival by beating nine-man Grimsby 2-1 at Dean Court.

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Fletcher: Goal secured safety

Fletcher: Goal secured safety

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Saturday's victory climaxed a remarkable turnaround for the Cherries, who began the season with a 17-point deduction, and provoked a mass celebratory pitch invasion after the final whistle.

Fletcher's fairytale winning goal came 11 minutes from the end of an emotionally-charged relegation affair in front of a packed 9,000 crowd.

Grimsby, all but mathematically safe themselves despite the defeat, snatched a half-time lead through a Nathan Jarman header.

But, right on half-time, they were reduced to 10 men when Danny Boshell was sent off for a second bookable offence.

A minute into the second half Bournemouth equalised through Liam Feeney after Danny Hollands had hit the crossbar and Fletcher drilled home Bournemouth's winner 11 minutes from the end after a great run by Mark Molesley, before Joe Widdowson was sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card.

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