Grimsby Town will be looking to build on their performance during the second half against Luton last Tuesday. Having been under the cosh for most of the first forty five minutes, the Mariners then played some excellent football at Kenilworth Road, and were only denied a share of the spoils by a stunning save by Mark Tyler in the dying seconds of the game.
With away games at Eastbourne and Southport in the next four days, manager Neil Woods will be expecting his side to maintain that standard and propel the club towards the play-off places.
Eastbourne Borough earned a 2-2 draw at Blundell Park last October, when the Mariners were rescued by an Alan Connell penalty.
However, their recent form leaves a lot to be desired. Winless in their last 14 league matches, the Sports have now registered 8 straight losses with the most recent being the 1-4 home defeat to Tamworth on Tuesday.
Talking on Mariners Player, Neil Woods referred to the second half at Luton as being the platform for better things to come, saying “The emphasis for us is to build on that second half at Luton and go out and do that for 90 minutes like we did against Mansfield and Histon. Hopefully the second half on Tuesday can be a bit of a turning point and they start to play with that belief.”
Regarding Town`s opponents, Woods said “The results have gone poorly for Eastbourne in the last couple of weeks which isn’t always a great scenario when you are going to play them.
Like a lot of teams, they stuck five across midfield at Blundell Park and I expect they’ll have a similar approach tomorrow. They will make it difficult for us to break them down”.
Eastbourne manager, Garry Wilson, speaking to the Eastbourne Herald about his club`s plight in the Blue Square Premier relegation zone, said “We only usually do two training sessions, this week it is only one session, and that can prove difficult, because for one reason or another we can`t get loan players in (to training) or players are resting knocks. So trying to practise shape of the team can become difficult and working on areas we`re weak in. Grimsby are a top side, we know that, their league position doesn`t lie, but we want to be worrying about ourselves, get our own game going, to stop leaking goals, which has been our weakness”.
Eastbourne Borough Team News:
Eastbourne manager, Garry Wilson, has a variety of problems that will influence his team selection for the game.
Defender Mitchell Nelson has returned to Bournemouth at the end of his loan spell, whilst fellow defender Matt Langston and winger Ross Trevelean are long term injury victims.
Former Grimsby trialist in the Russell Slade era, Richard Pacquette, is set to have a late fitness test on the groin injury that has kept him on the sidelines recently. Also subject to a fitness test will be centre back Gary Elphick, who is rated 50-50 to start the match.
Forward Andy Atkin and defender Neil Jenkins should return to the squad, although midfielder Matt Smart will miss out through suspension.
Player to watch: Richard Pacquette
The Sports’ top scorer, with 7 goals since his summer switch from York, will be looking to show Grimsby what they missed after his unsuccessful trial.
Grimsby Town Team News:
Town boss Neil Woods once again has the same squad at his disposal, though this has happily been augmented by the arrival of new signing Rob Duffy. The former Mansfield striker is expected to make his Grimsby debut at the Langney Sports Club.
Club captain, Lee Peacock, will sit out the final match of his suspension and injured pair, Michael Coulson and Lee Ridley are still not available, though Woods has suggested that they may both be back in contention for next Tuesday`s game at Southport.
Player to watch: Rob Duffy
Could be the agile target man that Town need to hold the ball up front. Will be keen to score in his first game for the Mariners.
Match Facts & Stats
Last time out: 2-2 Att 2,894 (13 away)
Sat, 30 Oct 2010 at Blundell Park
Grimsby: Coulson 40, Connell 78 pen
Eastbourne: Rooney 50, Taylor 66
Southport (away) Tue, 1st Feb, 7.45pm