With just four matches left this season, the Mariners will tonight finally get to play at Field Mill – at the third time of asking.
The original fixture, scheduled for Boxing Day, was postponed because of the frozen conditions. The rescheduled game was then also postponed, this time because of the Stags involvement in the FA Trophy.
Grimsby Town’s joint managers, Scott and Hurst, will continue their assessment of the playing staff, having already indicated their intentions through the transfer listing of Charles Ademeno, Serge Makofo and Josh Fuller together with the releases of Tom Corner and Mark Gray.
Speaking of the situation with Ademeno and Makofo, Hurst told the Grimsby Evening Telegraph :
‘We have told Serge and Charles we are happy for them to find another club and circulated their names.
‘Charles has had a lot of injury problems and unfortunately we haven’t seen a lot of him because of that.
‘We’ve seen Serge, but we have Rob Eagle here and we see him behind Rob in the wide position. We’ve been open and honest with them that they are unlikely to figure for us.
‘That said, the door is not completely closed on them. They are under contract and if they don’t get another club they will be expected here to work as hard as everyone else in pre-season.
Rob Scott has told Mariners Player that he will be including three players from the reserves/youth teams in the squad for the Mansfield game tonight.
Striker Sam Mulready and defender Charlie I’Anson will join midfielder Andi Thanoj in the senior squad.
Lee Ridley and Darran Kempson are both out for the remainder of the season, whilst Rob Duffy is ruled out through an ineligibity clause inserted in his January transfer to the Mariners from Field Mill.
The bosses also have other injury concerns, with Rob Eagle (ankle), Bryan Hughes (achilles), Dwayne Samuels (back) and Ademeno (abductor muscle) all set to miss out tonight.
Hurst added :
‘We are taking 18 players and some will be younger ones we want to look at ahead of next season. We have that many injuries that most people will be able to hazard a good guess at our team from the start.
‘Hopefully we can take advantage of Mansfield playing a fourth game in eight days’.
Tonight’s hosts, Mansfield Town, have a day at Wembley to look forward to, in the final of the FA Trophy against Darlington, to be played on 7th May.
But in the meantime, Stags boss Duncan Russell will be looking for revenge after the 7-2 thrashing they received from the Mariners at Blundell Park on New Years Day.
Russell will tonight welcome back striker Paul Connor after a three match suspension, and also midfielder Adam Murray who missed out on saturday’s match against Luton.
But Russell has doubts over Luke Medley and Tom Naylor, who both have hamstring problems, and are unlikely to be risked ahead of the big day in North London.
Definitely not in contention this evening are Rhys Day and Kevin Sandwith (both knee) plus Alan Marriott (finger).
Finally, Vital Grimsby wish Mansfield Town and their supporters (10,000 strong) a great day out at Wembley for the Trophy final.
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