Grimsby Town v Tranmere Rovers
Wednesday 17th March 2021
English Football League Two
Following on from their defeat at Wembley, Tranmere Rovers will travel to Cleethorpes in the search of capitalising on the league teams around them dropping points. Grimsby Town will be their opponents who are managed by Paul Hurst, the Mariners failing to win any of their past five and look certain to be playing in the National League next campaign due to a devastating start to the campaign under Ian Holloway. The Whites will have to be on their A game though, on Sunday although the chances were made they didn’t look like they were going to score thus that needs to change. A victory for Keith Hill’s men could see them fired up a place to 4th with one or two games in hand and one or two points away from first and second. On the other hand, a win for Hurst’s men would see them stay at the bottom of the table in 24th but could be a great catalyst for any chance of avoiding relegation.
In a recent meeting with the press, Hill who was appointed in late November, stated that James Vaughan, Sid Nelson and Lee O’Connor are the only possible absentees for the fixture at Blundell Park. Vaughan had an operation on his knee last Tuesday but no timeframe has been scheduled for his return as of yet, Nelson is injured and O’Connor will be assessed following an injury sustained in training last week. Recently, Otis Khan has been on the sidelines but he featured at Wembley and will thus be available for this one.
For the hosts, everything you may want to know about the Mariners can be found by clicking this link. It is a link to a ‘meeting the opposition’ where I talk to a GTFC supporter about all things Grimsby on and off the pitch. He also gives his pre match predictions including the starting eleven Hurst is most likely to pick.
Robert Lewis will be the ‘man in black’ on Wednesday night and Richard Wigglesworth alongside Martyn Holmes will provide him with assistance. This season, Lewis has officiated 23 encounters, awarding 62 yellow cards and 3 reds. The man separating the two gaffers from any potential squabbling? Tom Nield.
Head to head – The Mariners are on top:
First meeting – 31st December 1921 – Tranmere 2 Grimsby 2 – Div 3 North.
Last meeting – 21st November 2020 – Tranmere 5 Grimsby 0 – League Two.
Tranmere wins – 21
Draws – 16
Grimsby wins – 29
Tranmere need to win tonight, you can watch the game via iFollow accessed through both club’s official websites for the cost of £10.
Mariners goalscoring threat, Lenell John-Lewis.