Grimsby secured a return to the Football League through last season’s National League playoffs, so this campaign was always going to be about consolidating back in League Two.
The Mariners have enjoyed a solid season, winning 15, drawing 13 and losing 17 of their 45 matches to collect 58 points, which has left them in 12th position in the table.
Paul Hurst‘s side can finish as high as 10th but could also drop down to 16th depending on other results, so there is still plenty to play for on the final matchday despite not being able to claim anything substantial.
Grimsby will enter this match off the back of a 2-0 loss at Stevenage on April 29, but they won their last home game 2-0 against Crewe Alexandra on April 25.
Hurst’s team also famously reached the quarter-finals of this season’s FA Cup, but they suffered a 5-0 defeat to Premier League outfit Brighton & Hove Albion in the final eight.
AFC Wimbledon, meanwhile, have had a difficult campaign, only picking up 48 points from their 45 matches, which has left them down in 21st position in the table.
There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough season, but they have avoided being relegated, with Rochdale and Hartlepool United the two sides dropping out of the Football League this term.
Johnnie Jackson’s side will enter this match off the back of a 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers, which broke a three-game losing run, but they have not been victorious in League Two since the end of March against Walsall.
The Dons were relegated from League One last season, so it would have been devastating if they had suffered another drop, but their focus can now switch to the 2023-24 campaign.
AFC Wimbledon have picked up 20 points from their 22 away league games this season, which is far from disastrous, and they will be facing a Grimsby side that have won just six times at home in the league this term