The Mariners travel to Aggborough on Saturday seeking a third away victory in the space of just eight days.
Recent wins at Hereford and Wrexham have strengthened Town’s promotion ambitions, rising above Alfreton and Gateshead in the table with just eight games left to play.
Three points on Saturday would see the Mariners win three consecutive league matches for the first time since November, but they won’t find it easy against a Kidderminster side who have lost just three home games all season. Both clubs were beaten semi-finalists in last season’s play-offs and are looking to go further this time around.
Kidderminster are unbeaten in six games, leaving Gary Whild’s side among a number of clubs hoping to gate-crash the play-off party. Last season’s runners up had occupied one of those places earlier in the campaign and a win against Town could lift Harriers up to as high as 7th. Whild, incidentally, is Kidderminster’s third manager of 2014, having previously worked as assistant to Steve Burr and Andy Thorn. Speaking on Thursday, he described his side’s remaining fixtures as “seven cup finals”.
Paul Hurst revealed on Thursday that skipper Craig Disley should be available for selection having picked up a knock in the midweek win at Wrexham.
Scott Kerr is back from suspension and could make an immediate return to the side as Hurst continues to rotate a squad facing a hectic schedule between now and the end of the season. Scott Neilson and Connor Jennings, neither of whom started on Tuesday night, could earn recalls.
Kidderminster have been handed a boost with news that young defender Chey Dunkley has made a quick recovery from knee surgery and could be fit in time for Town’s visit. His return appears timely after it was revealed fellow defender Josh Gowling is suffering with a sore pelvis. Harriers will be without Kyle Storer and Callum Gittings through suspension, increasing the likelihood of starts for Danny Jackman and Josh O’Keefe.
Possible Grimsby XI: McKeown, Hatton, Pearson, Boyce, Thomas, Rodman, Disley, Kerr, Neilson, Jennings, John-Lewis
Possible Kidderminster XI: Lewis, Vaughan, Grimes, Bell, Demetriou, Byrne, O’Keefe, Jackman, Morgan-Smith, Gash, Malbon
“They’re a tough proposition and they’ve still got ambitions of the play-offs. They’ll be looking at this and thinking they need three points so It will be interesting to see how the game develops.” Paul Hurst
“Obviously it’s important that we start winning games and the matches between ourselves and Grimsby are usually exciting. The fans have been tremendous at home and I am sure they will make a difference.” Gary Whild.