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Grimsby Preview - A look at our next opponents

25 February 2021

Match Previews

Grimsby Preview - A look at our next opponents

25 February 2021



After bouncing back from defeat at Scunthorpe with a 1-0 win against Mansfield Town Simon Weaver's side will be looking to continue their recent revival in home form against Grimsby Town this weekend.


Aaron Martin's strike just seconds into the second half made in 10 points from the past five games at The Envirovent Stadium.

The clash will be third of the season between the two sides with Town having the upper hand so far thanks to a 2-1 Sky Bet League Two win and 2-2 Papa John's Trophy draw at Blundell Park earlier in the season.



Since we last met

The 2-1 win against Crawley in midweek was Grimsby's fourth win since our meeting back in October, a run that has seen them take 17 points from 22 games.

They come into the game sitting bottom of the table although they are just three points from safety.
The Mariners have also had a change in the dug-out with former boss Paul Hurst replacing Ian Holloway at the end of 2020.

The man in charge

After a playing career where he made over 400 appearances for Rotherham, Hurst had spells as manager of both Ilkeston and Boston before leading Grimsby back into the Football League via the National League playoffs.

Hurst then moved on to Shrewsbury, whom he saved from relegation before taking the Ipswich Town job in 2018. However, he was sacked by the club after a poor start to the season and later managed Scunthorpe United before arriving back at Grimsby following Holloway's resignation.

The midweek victory was Hurst's first in seven games following his return.

Ones to watch

Grimsby have scored 22 times this season and average under 10 shots per game. Their leading scorer is defender Matthew Pollock, with three goals.

Young forwards Owura Edwards and Max Wright each have a couple of assists on the season.

The club have overhauled the squad in the January window, bringing in around a dozen new faces. Those who have made an immediate impact are Jake Eastwood, Filipe Morais, Joe Bunney, Stefan Payne and Joe Adams, who tallied a goal and an assist on Tuesday at Crawley.

History

Grimsby have spent much of their life in the lower divisions although they were last in the second tier of English football in the early 2000's.

They have resided in League Two since 2016, having returned to league football following a spell in the National League after being relegated out of the league in 2010, becoming the fourth team in English football to compete in all of the top five divisions.

Notable former managers include Bill Shankly and Lawrie McMenemy, whilst Alan Buckley is the most successful having earned three promotions in three spells at the club in the 1990's and 2000's.

Team news
Joe Cracknell remains on the sidelines with Mitch Roberts as he continues his recovery from injury but otherwise Weaver will have a full-strength squad to select from, with a number of players who impressed from the bench against Mansfield pushing for a starting spot.

As usual, you can watch all the action live for £10 with a streaming pass.

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Programmes are on sale for Saturday's fixture too, with the latest edition shining the spotlight on Irish winger Simon Power.

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