Punter pockets £18k off non-league bet after dramatic 87th minute winner

A delighted National League follower scooped a huge £18,000 from an 11-fold accumulator which was priced as an astonishing 4255/1 long-shot during the Premier League international break.

Harry Clifton's 87th minute winner for Grimsby Town against Woking secured the final leg of the astronomical prediction, and the winner hadn't even risked his own cash.

Using a free bet, the Spanish-based Betway customer predicted wins for Chesterfield, Barnet, Stockport, Solihull, Eastleigh, Notts County, Halifax, Boreham Wood, Altrincham, Bromley and finally Grimsby.

The Mariners went into the weekend at the top of the table, and dominated without finding the breakthrough until Clifton took a touch and fired past Craig Ross.

His €21,269 prize works out at just shy of £18,000, with the 4,255/1 almost as far fetched as Leicester winning the Premier League title back in 2015/16.

That marks an even more impressive return than when a punter turned £10 into £17,000 back in September, despite an early scare after high-flyers Manchester City went behind to Wycombe Wanderers.

Back in 2015, William Hill lost a total of £2.2million after paying out £3.3million to punters who had backed Leicester's triumph at 5000/1 – despite there being only 25 to back it before the season started.

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Joe Crilly, William Hill spokesman, said at the time: "There will have been wild celebrations up and down the country from Foxes fans and punters alike.

"Despite losing a fair wedge of cash on Leicester… their story this season has been fantastic and we can't begrudge them this win.

"It will also serve to galvanise interest next season as we expect fans of some of the Premier League's 'less fashionable' sides will think 16/17 will be their year."

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