Despite selection headaches for boss Neil Woods, this game is the one that all Town fans have been eagerly waiting to see.
The return of the vibrant type of display during the last hour against Kettering last tuesday, suggests that table-topping Crawley will find the Mariners fired up and raring to go in this match.
Most fans will no doubt focus on the contest between two of the league’s top goal scorers. So far, in all competitions, Town’s Alan Connell has 20 goals and Crawley’s Matt Tubbs is on 24.
Woods and his Crawley counterpart, Steve Evans, both had goods words to say about each other’s teams.
The Town boss told Mariners Player ‘We are really looking forward to tomorrow. They (Crawley) have gone on a terrific run so it’s a big game. There will be a tempo to the game. The atmosphere will be good’.
Equally generous, Evans told the Reds’ website ‘Grimsby Town is a hard place to go and play, but we go there in terrific form. Without any doubt they are one of the very big clubs in the Blue Square Bet Premier and they have a fantastic support who simply live and breathe Grimsby Town.’
Grimsby Town Team News:
Injured duo Michael Coulson and Lee Ridley are definitely out, as is club captain Lee Peacock, who sits out the first of his three match ban.
Serge Makofo will make his Grimsby debut, starting up front along with Alan Connell, as Charles Ademeno will be out for up to six weeks following his impending knee surgery.
Peter Bore has overcome a toe injury and Bradley Wood should continue at left back despite stitches at the rear of his ankle.
Following his three month lay off, centre back Steve Watt is back in contention, having come through a reserve game unscathed.
It is unlikely that Robbie Stockdale will be involved from the start for a second time this week, but he could feature on the bench.
Player to watch: Serge Makofo
Serge Makofo wearing squad number 18, will make the first appearance of his Grimsby career. He has elected to have ‘SERGE M’ written on the back of his shirt.
Of his new signing, Woods said, ‘He has explosive pace but is more than just a quick player, he has good ability, good feet and is a real pain to play against’.
Crawley Town Team News:
Crawley have almost a full squad for Evans to pick a starting eleven from.
Scott Neilson may need a late fitness test, having taken a knock after coming on as a late substitute in tuesday’s game at Bath.
Long term injury victim, Simon Rusk, is back in full training but is not yet in contention for a return to first team action.
Player to watch: Matt Tubbs
Matt Tubbs was the centre of much transfer gossip last summer before he eventually left Salisbury City to join Crawley. At that time, Grimsby had been among a host of clubs interested in the 26 year old.
Tubbs has already scored 24 goals in all competitions for the Reds this season, including three in his last two outings.
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