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🎞️Freeview | Michael Jolley's Pre Match Press Conference

Listen to what Michael Jolley had to say ahead of the visit of the Magpies on Saturday.

21 December 2018

On injuries, the gaffer has confirmed that Danny Collins is set to miss the Christmas period with a thigh injury.

He also said that he has one or two players with ‘small issues’ but is hoping to have them ready for the visit of Neal Ardley's side.

Jolley says that he is expecting a tough test from County, and says that he expects them to be in a much higher league position by the time the season ends.

On the transfer front, Jolley says that there is no developments on his bids to extend the loans of Luke Hendrie and Elliot Embleton from Sunderland and Shrewsbury respectively.

The Town boss was also asked about the rumour linking Swedish defender, Sebastian Ring with the Mariners.

Listen to the whole interview on iFollow for free.

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📝Match Report: Grimsby Town 4-0 Notts County

Mariners start Christmas programme with big home win

22 December 2018

Lee Blease
Harry Clifton

Harry Davis scored twice as Grimsby Town began their Christmas programme with a comfortable win over struggling Notts County at Blundell Park.

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▶️ Freeview | Michael Jolley Post-Notts County Press Conference

22 December 2018

The Mariners were sent on their way to making it five home league wins in a row when Harry Clifton opened the scoring with just four minutes on the clock.

Notts had plenty of possession and created openings but failed to seriously threaten the Town defence and instead, Davis' first of the game doubled the Grimsby advantage.

The defender then made sure of the points with his second and Town's third goal, before Wes Thomas added a fourth late on.

Two changes were made to the Town starting XI after last week's win over Swindon, with Alex Whitmore replacing Danny Collins and Harry Cardwell coming in for Charles Vernam.

James McKeown started in goal, with Luke Hendrie, Davis, Whitmore and Andrew Fox forming the defence.

Cardwell, Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Ben Pringle were the midfielders, with Elliot Embleton behind Thomas in attack.

There were also alterations on the substitutes list as academy graduate Mattie Pollock made the first team matchday squad for the first time and Ahkeem Rose, Martyn Woolford and Reece Hall-Johnson made returns.  They were joined on the bench by Sam Russell, Mitch Rose and Brandon Buckley.

Notts made the relatively short journey to Cleethorpes sitting in the League Two relegation zone but knowing victory could lift them out of the bottom two after a win last week.

They would look to experienced former Premier League front man Jon Stead to provide a threat to the Mariners backline, along with fellow strikers Nathan Thomas and Kane Hemmings.

Town kicked off attacking the Pontoon Stand end of the ground and they took the lead with the first chance of the game on four minutes.  Hessenthaler's cross from the right fell for Cardwell and after his effort was blocked by keeper Ross Fitzsimons, the ball looped up for CLIFTON to head home from close range.

The visitors' reply saw them win a free kick after a late challenge by Fox close to the edge of the box on the right.  The low delivery into the box was blocked, as was the return ball.

Notts' Thomas did well to win a corner on the right on 10 minutes but from it, defender Jamie Turley headed over the bar.

A cross from Hemmings five minutes later was cleared for a corner by Whitmore but Elliott Hewitt's delivery was dealt with by the Grimsby defence.

The away side had been controlling possession and territory for much of the game as the mid-point of the half passed but were yet to pose a serious threat to McKeown's goal.

Another Notts corner came on 25 minutes but it was cleared, although the ball was brought back by Rob Milsom and a good challenge by Hendrie resulted in a further corner, which was cleared by Cardwell.

A foul by Embleton on left-back Dan Jones earned the Sunderland loanee a talking-to from the referee but the resulting free kick caused no problems and Town broke, with Cardwell eventually firing over the bar.

Embleton tried his luck from 25 yards after worrking an opening on 33 minutes but Fitzsimons got down to push the ball away for a corner.

That proved to be the start of a spell of Town pressure as Pringle's ball from the flag was not fully dealt with and the ball eventually went out for a Mariners throw.

The pressure continued with a corner on the right soon afterwards and this time, it told as the ball was headed on and after a scramble, DAVIS was in the right place to head it over the line and make it 2-0.

The visitors went on the attack again after the goal as they aimed to reduce their deficit before half-time.

But they were unable to find a way back into the contest before the break as Town saw out an additional two minutes to preserve their two-goal advantage at half-time.

No changes were made before the restart and the first chance of the second half fell for Notts' Thomas, whose powerful first-time shot from 20 yards was pushed over the bar by McKeown.

A better chance for the away side came soon afterwards when a mistake led to Stead being put through on goal but as McKeown came off his line, the striker dragged his low shot wide of the far post.

Thomas then cut in from the right and curled an effort off-target as the visitors continued to create chances.

The first substitution of the game came on 55 minutes as Hendrie went off with an injury and was replaced by Hall-Johnson.

A foul on Embleton gave Town a free kick inside the Notts half just before the hour but Pringle's delivery proved to be too close to keeper Fitzsimons, who caught the ball.

Mitch Rose replaced Pringle in the second home change, as Kristian Dennis came on in place of Thomas for Notts.

The Mariners stretched their lead further with a third goal on 66 minutes.  Again, it came from a corner as the ball was played all the way through to DAVIS at the back post, who headed past Fitzsimons for his second of the game.

Jones sent a shot wide after a low cross from Stead at the other end, before a corner from the Notts left was comfortably cleared at the near post.

Thomas and Hewitt were both booked after an altercation near the Notts dugout which resulted in a free kick for the away side that again caused no problems.

Woolford replaced Cardwell with 13 minutes to go in the final Town substitution, before Embleton forced Fitzsimons into a good save with a fizzing drive which the keeper tipped over his bar for a corner.

The Mariners were now in complete control and they made it 4-0 on 89 minutes when THOMAS got himself on the scoresheet as he steered a volley into the net.

Four added minutes were played at the end of the game before Town were able to celebrate another excellent home win to provide a great start to the festive fixtures.

The Mariners are next in action on Boxing Day, when they travel to Port Vale.


Town

1 James McKeown (C) 
27 Luke Hendrie 
19 Andrew Fox 
24 Harry Davis 
25 Alex Whitmore 
7 Jake Hessenthaler 
30 Ben Pringle 
15 Harry Clifton 
22 Elliot Embleton 
17 Harry Cardwell 
39 Wes Thomas

Subs

23 Sam Russell 
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 
31 Matthew Pollock 
26 Brandon Buckley 
8 Mitch Rose 
16 Martyn Woolford 
21 Ahkeem Rose

Notts County

1 Ross Fitzsimons 
4 Elliott Hewitt 
23 Daniel Jones 
26 Jamie Turley 
19 Elliott Ward 
21 Keston Davies 
8 David Vaughan 
24 Robert Milsom 
30 Jon Stead (C) 
15 Kane Hemmings 
10 Nathan Thomas

Subs

13 Branislav Pindroch 
16 Shaun Brisley 
25 Cedric Evina 
2 Matt Tootle 
17 Noor Husin 
9 Kristian Dennis 
37 Kion Etete


Referee: David Webb


Attendance: 4,946 (436)


Next Up: Port Vale (A) - Boxing Day

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