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Grimsby Town Match Preview

18 February 2014

Stats, news and information ahead of tonigh't match at The Hive.

General Information

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•Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Introduction

• Barnet host Grimsby Town on Tuesday night as they look to continue their push up the Skrill Premier table. 

• The Bees made it two wins from two under Uli Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder against Tamworth at The Hive on Saturday with a 1-0 victory. 

• Luisma Villa got the only goal of the game with six minutes remaining as the Bees’ dominance finally paid off. 

• That result leaves Barnet ninth in the Skrill Premier just two points away from a play-off place with a game in hand over Gateshead with a game in hand. 

• Tonight’s visitors Grimsby Town have already beaten Barnet twice this season at Blundell Park and at The Hive. 

• The first meeting between the two sides came on 23 November 2013 when a David Stephens blockbuster wasn’t enough as the Mariners secured a 2-1 win. 

• The two sides faced off again one month later at The Hive where Grimsby secured another 2-1 win to progress in the FA Trophy.  

• Last time out the Mariners were beaten 2-1 by Cambridge United in the FA Trophy semi-final first leg. 

• Their last Skrill Premier fixture ended goalless at home to Southport on 8 February. 

• The Mariners currently sit seventh in the Skrill Premier but they have four matches in hand over Barnet. 

Team news

Barnet Football Club

• Harry Crawford and Luke Gambin will not feature due to injury. 

• Graham Stack has returned to training but is unlikely to feature after six weeks in the treatment room. 

• Valentin Gjokaj could make his Barnet FC debut tonight.

Grimsby Town

• Joe Colbeck and Paul Bignot are both pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

• Grimsby's top scorer Ross Hannah could also return.

• Paddy MacLaughlin will miss the match after picking up a knock in the FA Trophy defeat to Cambridge.

The Opposition

• Grimsby Town formed in 1878 as Grimsby Pelham, they have played their home matches at Blundell Park since 1898. 

• The Mariners are the only club from Lincolnshire to ever play top flight football.

• The club have also reached the FA Cup semi-final stage on two occasions in 1935/36 and 1938/39. 

• More clubs have lost their managers after meeting Grimsby than any other club. This stat was further enhanced earlier in the season when former Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws was dismissed by the League Two club following their cup exit to the Mariners. 

• The club’s top goalscorer is Pat Glover who scored 180 league goals in total, 42 of which came in the same season in 1933/34.

• The club’s record appearance maker is John McDermott who played for the Mariners 754 times between 1987 and 2007.

• The highest transfer fee Grimsby have ever received for a player was for former Bee John Oster who joined Everton in 1997 for £1.5 million.

• Notable managers include Bill Shankly, who went on to guide Liverpool to three league titles, two FA Cups and one UEFA Cup and Lawrie McMenemy who went on to win the FA Cup with Southampton in 1976.

• The club’s most successful manager is Alan Buckley who had three spells as manager between 1988 and 2008. He guided the club to three promotions and two appearances at Wembley Stadium for the FA Trophy and Second Division Play-Off Final.

Current Manager 

• Grimsby Town are currently managed by Paul Hurst.

• Hurst made 438 league appearances for Rotherham United between 1993 and 2008. He spent the entire duration of his career with Rotherham bar a brief loan spell with Burton Albion in 2008.

• During his time with Rotherham he won the FA Trophy and was promoted twice, both as a runner-up, from Division Three and Division Two. 

• Following his retirement Hurst became joint-manager of Ilkeston Town with former team mate Rob Scott.  

• The duo moved to Boston United after one year with Ilkeston spending two-years at York Street before moving to Grimsby Town. Scott left the club in 2013 with Hurst taking sole control of the team. 

Last time out

15 February 2014
Skrill Premier 
Barnet 1-0 Tamworth
Barnet: Jupp, Stephens, Saville, Vilhete, Marsh-Brown (Johnson 92), Yiadom, Byrne, Villa (Cadogan 87), Weston, Lopez (Adams 62), Hyde. 
Subs not used: Mengerink, Abdulla.
Goals: Villa 84.

15 February 2014
FA Trophy
Cambridge United 2-1 Grimsby Town 
Grimsby Town: Hatton, Kerr, Doig, Disley, Cook, McDonald, McKeown, John-Lewis, Rodman, McLaughlin, Fyfield. 
Subs not used: Thomas, Neilson, Hannah, Thanoj, Tounkara. 
Goals: Lewis 90. 

Previous meeting

Saturday 14th December - Grimsby Town 2-1 Barnet
Barnet were beaten 2-1 at The Hive by Grimsby Town in the FA Carlsberg Trophy. Andy Cook opened the scoring early on but Keanu Marsh-Brown levelled midway through the second-half. It didn’t stay level for long however as Dayle Southwell struck past Graham Stack to ensure the Mariners' progression

Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Stephens, Acheampong, Johnson; Weston, Byrne, Villa (Hyde 66); Marsh-Brown (Gambin), Cadogan (Vilhete); Nurse.
Barnet substitutes: Jupp, Abdulla.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Bignot, McDonald, Doig, Thomas; Colbeck, Disley, Rodman, Thanoj, McLaughlin (Southwell), Cook.
Grimsby Town substitutes: Hatton, Pearson, Neilson, Winfarrag.

Last six meetings 
14 December 2013 – Barnet 1-2 Grimsby Town
23 November 2013 Grimsby Town 2-1 Barnet
1 May 2010 Grimsby Town 2-0 Barnet 
3 October 2009 Barnet 3-0 Grimsby Town
10 February 2009 Barnet 3-3 Grimsby Town
27 September 2008 Grimsby Town 0-1 Barnet

Overall record v (all competitions) W 2 D 1 L 9



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