Altrincham visit Blundell Park on Tuesday night full of confidence following their shock 3-1 win at Halifax on Saturday. The Mariners have lost two of the last three games at Blundell Park and will be desperate to get back to winning ways in front of their home supporters. A 1-1 draw at Dartford lifted Town two places in the Vanarama Conference table, and victory on Tuesday could see Town climb as high as 8th depending on other results.
The Robins had endured a tricky end to September, conceding 12 goals and scoring none in defeats to Kidderminster, Barnet and Welling. Lee Sinnott’s side have since responded with two wins over Macclesfield and Halifax, lifting them out of the relegation zone into 20th place. With 14 points from as many matches, Alty are only six points behind Town and would half that deficit with victory at Blundell Park.
Craig Disley has been rated 50-50 for Tuesday’s clash having been suffering with a calf injury. Fellow midfielder Craig Clay is however back to full fitness and is likely to replace the skipper should he be unavailable for selection. Aswad Thomas could make his return to the matchday squad having not played since August, while Nathan Arnold and John-Paul Pittman remain on the sidelines. Scott Neilson, who was surprisingly only a substitute at Dartford on Saturday, could be handed a recall. Meanwhile Aristote Nsiala’s suspension has given Paul Hurst a decision to make in terms of his defensive selection. Assistant manager Chris Doig could swap the dugout for the pitch, or Paul Bignot may come in at right-back, with Danny Parslow shuffling across to partner Shaun Pearson.
Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that ended Halifax’s unbeaten home record at the weekend. Forwards James Lawrie and Damien Reeves have nine goals between them this season and look set to continue their partnership, though Kyle Perry came off the bench to score at the weekend and could be in his manager’s thoughts. 38-year old Stuart Coborn should continue in goal in Dave Parton’s absence.
Possible Grimsby XI: McKeown, Parslow, Pearson, Doig, Magnay, Mackreth, Brown, Clay, Neilson, John-Lewis, Oates Possible Altrincham XI: Coburn, Densmore, Leather, Havern, Griffin, Williams, Moult, Richman, Clee, Lawrie, Reeves
“It’s proving to be a highly competitive league from the bottom to the top but on Tuesday night we’re at home and we want to put it back right in front of our own fans.” Paul Hurst.
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