Town play host to Huddersfield tonight in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The overall winners of the competition stand to make a lucrative sum, last season`s finalists, Doncaster and Bristol Rovers made over £400,000 in gate receipts and this years finalist also make over £400,000 in prize money.
Fans are also reminded that the game kicks-off at the earlier time of 7.30pm and there will be no extra-time, with penalty shoot-out should the score be level on 90 minutes.
Only the Upper and Lower Carlsberg stands will be open for home supporters for this game and all clubs in the competition will be making tickets for children free, in order to attract more young supporters to the games.
Tickets are currently on sale at the Blundell Park ticket office, with under 16`s free, but only with a full paying adult.
Adults: £10 and OAPs: £5.
Vital Grimsby Says
This is going to be a good and tough game, with Huddersfield sitting 4th in League One, hopefully this could be our first win of the season.
Grimsby Team News:
Ryan Bennett will miss the game after his sending off against Shrewsbury and Dave Mulligan could start in his place. Apart from that Town could field a full strength side. No news on which formation Buckley will be playing, either 4-5-1, with Rankin possibly being the lone striker or 4-4-2 which would be between Rankin, North or Jones for the 2 positions upfront.
Alan Buckley has told the official site that he will be taking this competition seriously.
Player to watch: Home Player to Watch
Justin Whittle, the Mariners captain will be trying to keep the Huddersfield players away from the goal has we look for our first win of the season.
Huddersfield Team News:
Huddersfield are without Danny Cadamarteri (hamstring), Dave Mirfin (knee problem), Frank Sinclair (sore hamstring) and Tom Clarke is recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament but is not full fit. James Berrett will also miss the game after being called up for the Rep. Ireland under-19 squad.
Danny Schofield has returned to training and loan signing Richard Keogh have both been given permission to play and Shane Killock (second-year academy scholar) has been added to tonight`s squad.
Player to watch: Away Player to Watch
Luke Beckett – 2 goals in 5 games.
Match Facts & Stats
The Mariners last played Huddersfield at home back in 2000/01 and won 1-0.
Huddersfield have not won at Blundell Park since 1986/87 making town unbeaten by Huddersfield for the last 6 home games.
Town have the slight edge on Huddersfield, winning 29, losing 22 and drawing 21 (including FA and League cup)
The last meeting was back in 2000/01 on the 6th March at Huddersfield, the game ended 0-0.
Grimsby 1 – 1 Huddersfield after 90 minutes, and I`ll go for 4-3 to the Mariners on Penalties.
Sat 8th Sept 07
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