The Mariners travel to Dartford on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Southport against another of the Skrill Premier’s relegation-threatened clubs. Town will move back into 4th place if they avoid defeat at Princes Park, overtaking both Nuneaton and Gateshead, but will have to play well against a Dartford side showing signs of improvement in recent weeks.
Grimsby haven’t lost a league game since the 3-2 defeat against Macclesfield back in December, but have only managed draws in three of the last four fixtures. Dartford had looked consigned to relegation just a couple of weeks ago but Tony Burman’s side have taken seven points from their last three games, causing upsets against Kidderminster, Cambridge and Wrexham. The Darts strengthened their squad with several loan signings during the window, completing or extending temporary deals for Alex Wall, Jim Stevenson, David Martin (Luton), Rory McAuley and Andy Pugh (Cambridge).
Shaun Pearson is the only member of the squad unavailable for Paul Hurst. The defender was booked on Saturday and is now suspended, so Clayton McDonald will be partnered by either Chris Doig or Jamal Fyfield. Paddy McLaughlin trained on Monday and could return to the side. Alex Rodman was singled out for praise by Paul Hurst after his performance at the weekend and looks set to retain his place in the starting eleven
“Their confidence will be high. They work extremely hard as a team so it will be a tough game. They’ll be wanting to build on the success they’ve had, they’re on the back of some good results and they’ll want to keep it going.”