Date: 4th April 2008 at 3:17pm
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Grimsby travel to Rochdale on Saturday for a League Two game that is a must win for the Mariners, who are 10 points behind Dale. Rochdale are currently occupying 7th place and win for them would certainly end any hopes of Town grabbing a play-off spot.

But with Rochdale having played a game less than the Mariners and with Town still having to play top of the table Peterborough, Town do have an uphill challenge.

Ticket News:
Town fans will be able to pay on the day and will be housed in the Westrose Leisure Willbutts Lane Stand, which are turnstiles 11-18 and this is an all covered area and can accommodate over 3,644 supporters.

£18 & £10.

Grimsby Town Supporters Club will also be running a coach to this game, for more information on this and details on tickets plus travel, please click here to go to the Official Site.

Vital Grimsby Says:

With the play-offs looking out of reach, Town can now test out some youngsters and gives them a chance to impress.

Rochdale Team News:

Rochdale manager Keith Hill has a fully fit squad to choose from apart from the two keepers, Sam Russell and James Spencer.

Player to watch: Adam Le Fondre

Scored the opener when the Mariners lost 2-1 to Rochdale earlier this season.

Grimsby Team News:

Alan Buckley is expected to make changes due to Paul Bolland (dead-leg), Danny North (knee), Peter Bore (thigh), James Hunt (hamstring), Rob Atkinson (groin) and Ciaran Toner (knee) all picking up knocks and are doubts for the trip to Spotland.

This means Nathan Jarman, Matthew Bird and Andy Taylor could all feature.

Player to watch: Nathan Jarman

Scored twice against a Sheffield United Reserve team that featured Inter Milan forward Goran Slavkovski, who is currently on loan to United.

Match & Facts Summary:

The last time Town played Rochdale was this season on 12th October at Blundell Park and Rochdale got a 2-1 win, the scorer for the Mariners in that game was Shaleum Logan who was on loan from Man City.

Last Meeting at Spotland: Rochdale 1-0 Grimsby 12/09/2006

Times played Rochdale since Town last won: 4

Rochdale: 14
Draws: 7
Grimsby: 21

Rochdale are 7th in the League with 65 points, their home record in the league this season is: Won: 7 Drawn: 3 Lost: 8 For: 25 Against: 24.
Grimsby are 10th in the League with 55 points, their away record in the league this season is: Won: 8 Drawn: 5 Lost: 7 For: 27 Against: 25.

Latest Odds with William Hill.
Rochdale to win: 5/6
Draw: 12/5
Grimsby to win: 5/2

Match Prediction:

Rochdale 1-1 Grimsby 6/1

The Mariners Next Fixture:

Saturday 12th April 2008
League Two.
Grimsby vs. Rotherham (3pm)