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Match preview - Town host Grimsby in midweek EnviroVent action

19 January 2024

After defeat at Notts County on Saturday, Town are quickly back in action tomorrow evening when we host Grimsby in the last of our re-arranged fixtures.

And having already secured a highest ever points total in League Two Simon Weaver’s side will be searching for a vital three points that could see them move back into the top ten.


Our opponents

Last season saw Grimsby return a creditable 11th place finish in their first season back in the EFL, also reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, knocking out a string of higher ranked sides along the way.

This season has been tougher going though and a difficult start saw manager Paul Hurst, who guided them back into the EFL, depart the club.

Coming into the game they are in 21st spot on 43 points, and thanks to a 1-0 home win against Newport they come into this one on the back of a win. 

Away from they have won once this season, they have drawn 11 of their 19 games on the road including five of their last six.

Previous meetings

Goals from Liam Gibson and Abraham Odoh put Town two goals ahead before a late consolation from Kieran Green reduced the deficit in late December at Blundell Park.

Last seasons home fixture saw the sides serve up a Boxing Day feast with a thrilling affair that saw Town twice come from behind to snatch an injury time winner. Otis Khan had cancelled out Luke Armstrong’s early strike before Harry Clifton put the visitors ahead early in the second half.

Armstrong netted again to level on 75 minutes before a Max Crocombe own goal from Kayne Ramsay’s shot won the points for Town.

In 2020/21 Town triumphed 1-0 at The Envirovent Stadium when Mark Beck struck fifteen minutes from time.

The man in charge

David Artell is in the dugout having being appointed at the end of November following the departure of Paul Hurst.

Artell previously managed Crewe for five years, winning 100 games during his time in charge before departing the club in April 2022. Artell also played for the Railwaymen for two seasons as well as having spells at the likes of Morecambe, Port Vale, Chester and Mansfield.

Ones to watch

Danny Rose tops the scoring charts with 13 goals this season, including the vital winner last weekend, with Abou Eisa and Donovan Wilson close behind on nine and seven goals respectively.

Gavan Holohan has three goals and seven assists and despite a goal return not matching that of last season Harry Clifton will likely be a threat from midfield.

Harvey Rodgers, who arrived from Accrington in the summer, has formed a near ever present partnership with Toby Mularkey in defence.


The club was formed back in 1878 and moved to their current home, Blundell Park, in 1898. They joined the Football League in 1892 and saw their most successful period between the First and Second World Wars when they spent a decade in the top division.

From the 1950’s onwards the club spent much of the next couple of decades alternating between the second and third divisions, being relegation to the bottom tier in 1968. The club were promoted back to the third division twice during the 1970’s.

The early 1980’s saw them back in the second tier, with a fifth-placed finish in 1984 but an end of season slump in 1987 saw them fall back into Division Three.

Financial problems hit the club at the start of the current century and they would ultimately be relegated out of the league in 2010, where they would remain for six seasons.

The Mariners have notable former managers in Bill Shankly and Lawrie McMenemy, but the most successful was Alan Buckley who led the club to three promotions and two Wembley appearances in his three spells between 1988 and 2008.

Team news

Town continue to be without longer term absentee Liam Gibson. However, welcomed back George Thomson & Matty Daly on Saturday after injury concerns last midweek.


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Match Reports

TOWN 1-0 Grimsby - Thomson wonder strike sets up Town victory

9 April 2024

George Thomson sealed a fine captain's performance with a spectacular strike minutes into the second-half to earn Town a 1-0 home win against Grimsby Town.

The victory saw Town make it three wins in a row at The Envirovent Stadium, moving up to eleventh place in the table and back to just four points off the playoff positions with three games to play.

There was one change to the Town side that fell to defeat away to Notts County at the weekend with Derrick Abu replacing Warren Burrell in defence.

For the visitors, fresh from a 1-0 victory over Newport County that eased any lingering relegation worries, Harry Clifton, Jamie Andrews and Justin Obikwu all returned to the startling line-up.

In the tenth minute a powerful run from Dean Cornelius saw him play in George Thomson out wide on the right but his cross was deflected safely into Jake Eastwood’s arms.

A minute later Abraham Odoh and Matty Daly combined well down the left-hand side before Abu then delivered a tempting cross from the right but there was a lack of a Town presence in the box to attack the ball.

A mix-up in the Town defence after fifteen minutes allowed Gavin Holohan to break forward but James Belshaw raced from his line to smother the danger as the Mariners midfielder got his shot away.

Justin Obikwu then found himself with space in the box but with more time than he perhaps though he dragged his effort wide of the target.

There was a distinct lack of action for the majority of the first-half with the referee playing centre stage with numerous stoppages for infringements.

With five minutes left of the first-half there was a moment of controversy when Obikwu thought he had given the visitors the lead after a corner had been recycled, but celebrations were cut short as the eagle-eyed referee’s assistant flagged for offside.

On the stroke of half-time Levi Sutton threatened tested Eastwood properly for the first time when his marauding run and shot forced the Grimsby keeper to parry the effort away for a corner.

Town didn’t have to wait long to for their goal after the break though and once again it was that man Thomson who was thew catalystf. Receiving the ball just inside the Grimsby half he turned, strode forward and let fly from fully thirty-yards beyond the helpless Eastwood.

Abu then set off towards the visitors box on the hour mark but a heavy touch saw the ball run away from him at the vital moment when he seemed set to let fly.

Grimsby made their first change on the hour mark when Andrews was replaced by Kieron Green before Denver Hume was introduced in place of Clifton shortly after.

Holohan had a golden opportunity minutes after the changes when a cross deflected into his path ten yards from goal in a central position but he blazed the ball high over Belshaw’s crossbar.

With fifteen minutes remaining Simon Weaver made his first change when Muldoon entered the fray in place of the hard working Josh March.

Struggling to find an avenue back into the game the visitors made a double – and final – change that saw Charles Vernam and Donovan Wilson replace Holohan and Obikwu.

Town suffered a blow shortly after when Sutton was forced off through injury with Stephen Dooley replacing him.

Daly then had a pair of efforts in the space of a minute that forced smart saves from Grimsby keeper Eastwood as Town went in search of a second goal that would surely kill the game off.

Abu went into book with a little over five minutes remaining for pulling back his opponent, an incident that saw Grimsby manager David Artell himself go into the book for waving an imaginary card.

Abu then had to be replaced when he went down with an injury with Burrell coming on in a straight swap positionally.

Thomson then almost capped his fine evening when his long range free-kick was acrobatically tipped over by Eastwood, who was undoubtedly the busier of the two keepers on a night where Town deservedly returned to winning ways.



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