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MATCH PREVIEW - Our clash with The Mariners under the spotlight

20 February 2023

Town are quickly back in action on Tuesday evening with a trip across to face Grimsby Town in a re-arranged clash.

It was on the whole a confident performance from Town, who go into the game having tasted defeat just once in their last five away games, but they come up against a Mariners side buoyed by a late winner that saw them take all three points on the road at Northampton.

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Our opponents

The Mariners are back in League Two for the 2022/23 season after an absence of just one season following relegation to the National League in Town's debut season in the Football League.

They come into the game on 36 points, largely on the back of an impressive start to the campaign. They have won three of 13 games at home this season and two in their last ten league outings.

They have progressed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will face Premier League side Southampton, having knocked off higher opposition in Plymouth, Cambridge, Burton and Luton.

Earlier this season

The Boxing Day encounter was 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 Kayne Ramsay's shot won the points for Town.

Since the two sides last met the Mariners have won one and lost two.

The man in charge

Paul Hurst will be in the dugout for Grimsby, with the 48 year-old now in his second spell in charge at the club.
Hurst had managed at non-league Ilkeston Town and Boston United before taking the Grimsby job over a decade ago. After a couple of seasons of near misses he took the club back into the Football League at the end of the 2015/16 season.

Early the following season Hurst departed to join Shrewsbury where he remained for two seasons before taking over at Ipswich. However, his time with the club was only brief.

He retuned to management with a brief spell at Scunthorpe before re-joining Grimsby in December 2020.
Prior to his time in management Hurst spent almost the entirety of his playing days at Rotherham United, making over 400 appearances, before a short spell at Burton Albion.

Ones to watch

The Mariners are averaging just over a goal per game so far, with forward Harry Clifton leading the way with six goals, including his strike at The Envirovent Stadium.

John McAtee will be a threat to the Town defence with the creativity also being provided by Otis Khan and Gavin Holohan.

Veteran captain Luke Waterfall will be a pivotal part of the visitors defence whilst Grimsby also have former Town forward Danilo Orsi in their ranks.

They also added Josh Emmanuel on a permanent basis in January whilst also bringing in loan signings Mikey O'Neill, Tom Dickson-Peters and George Lloyd.

Team news

Town's continue to have Stephen Dooley, Kyle Ferguson and Kayne Ramsay on the sidelines, though there are no fresh injury concerns from the weekend.


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