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05:52 18th July 2013

Town v Salisbury

High-flying Salisbury City are Saturday’s visitors to Blundell Park with Town desperate to get back to winning ways. The Mariners slipped to 9th place following the midweek defeat at Southport, albeit with games in hand over their promotion rivals. Victory this weekend would take Town just one point behind this weekend’s opponents, having played four games fewer.

With Luton looking increasingly likely to end the season as champions, both Town and Salisbury are two of several teams with a realistic chance of finishing in the play-offs. The Whites have been a surprise package in the Skrill Premier, currently occupying 5th position after being promoted from the Conference south last season. Indeed Mikey Harris’ side defeated the Mariners 1-0 back in October and will come to Blundell Park full of confidence.

Despite a run of five games without a win in all competitions, Paul Hurst has urged Mariners supporters to stick with the team as they look to get their play-off push back on track. “The results haven’t gone the way we would have liked, of course, but we remain positive because I look around the dressing room and look at the players I’ve got. I’d ask the fans to get behind the players.”

Team News

Injuries are beginning to take their toll on Paul Hurst’s squad with Clayton McDonald, Aswad Thomas, Paddy McLaughlin, Joe Colbeck and Oumare Tounkara all doubtful for Saturday’s clash. Hurst estimated that Colbeck could be out for a month, though Thomas, McLaughlin and Tounkara aren’t too far from a return. 

Alex Rodman and Chris Doig are likely to return to the side, while Sam Hatton is looking to re-claim the right-back spot off Paul Bignot. New arrival Connor Jennings, on loan from Scunthorpe for an initial one month, is available for selection and could replace Ross Hannah or Lenell John-Lewis in attack.

New signing Connor Jennings is expecting to be including in the 16 man squad to face the Whites. 

Possible Grimsby XI: McKeown, Hatton, Doig, Pearson, Fyfield, Rodman, Disley, Kerr, Neilson, Hannah, John-Lewis

Possible Salisbury XI: Puddy, Amankwaah, Brett, Macdonald, Kamdjo, Frear, Sinclair, Lewis, Wilson, Fithcett, White

Manager Quote

“They (Salisbury) are doing extremely well, there’s no getting away from that. In terms of how they’ve approached the season, how far into it we are, they’re not punching above their weight. They deserve to be where they are.”