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Grimsby Preview - A detailed look at our next opponents

19 January 2023

Match Previews

Grimsby Preview - A detailed look at our next opponents

19 January 2023

After meeting at The Envirovent Stadium on Boxing Day, Town get set to face Grimsby Town again this weekend, this time making the trip to Blundell Park to take on the Mariners.

Buoyed by a strong performance last time out at home to Stevenage, where Luke Armstrong's second-half strike grabbed a deserved equaliser, Simon Weaver and his side will travel in good heart looking for all three points.


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 30 points, on the back of an impressive start to the campaign. They have won three of 12 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 Championship side Luton, having knocked off League One sides Plymouth, Cambridge and Burton so far.

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 a Max Crocombe own goal from Kayne Ramsay's shot won the points for Town.

Since the two sides last met the Mariners have won one and lost two, with both defeats being heavy losses including a 5-0 reversal at Swindon last weekend.

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, he exited from only a brief spell in charge.

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 forwards Brendan Kiernan and Danilo Orsi in their ranks, with both likely to be involved in the clash.

Team news

Town's continue to have Stephen Dooley and Kyle Ferguson on the sidelines but injury and illness worries have eased in recent weeks with the likes of Will Smith, Dior Angus and Matty Daly once again available and in contention.

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