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🎞️ Anthony Limbrick Pre-Cheltenham Town Press Conference

Assistant boss Anthony Limbrick hopes Grimsby Town can make it four Sky Bet League Two wins on the bounce in Sky Bet League Two clash with Cheltenham Town

14 February 2019

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Grimsby Town assistant manager Anthony Limbrick hopes the Mariners can continue producing good football to get their fourth Sky Bet League Two win in a row.

Michael Jolley’s side created plenty of chances as they beat Yeovil Town 3-1 at Huish Park last weekend, following the previous wins over Newport County and MK Dons.

And assistant boss Limbrick is hoping for more of the same as the Mariners welcome Cheltenham Town to Blundell Park on Saturday (3pm).

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Every game is actually really tough in this league, despite scorelines, and Cheltenham Town this weekend will be a tough game.

“They had a tough game last week against Colchester United as they lost 3-0, and I think they’ll be looking to really bounce back.

“I thought we played quite well against them last time but they managed to get the win over us, so it just shows it’s not just about the performance – you’ve got to get the wins as well.

“We want to try and find that consistency and try and get that fourth win in a row.

“In the last three games we’ve created a lot more chances. In the Newport County and Yeovil Town games, we definitely created a lot, which is good.

“It’s not just the goal-scorers, but sometimes creating from all parts is important – the build-up play, the way we move the ball, how many crosses we get in the box, and things like that.

“So that’s really important when you look at goals, and you do go through periods where you might not be creating as much.

“But I think the system we’re using at the moment seems to be working quite well, and we are creating chances, so we want to make sure we do that again this weekend.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, and that’s really what we’re concentrating on at the moment.”

And Limbrick acknowledged that the Mariners have made significant progress so far this season, but insisted that there is still a long way to go.

He said: “I think we’ve definitely progressed. I think the way we’ve been playing in the last little period has been good.

“We had a tough start to the season, which was difficult for everyone, but to show the improvements that we have made – I think they’re clear to see.

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves either, though, we’ve got a lot more work to do, and we want to keep improving – be that with the squad, the way we play, and the amount of points we get on the board.

“We want to make sure we finish the season strong with 14 games to go, and see how far we can get.

“The minute you start to look at the league table then you start getting a bit away from yourself, so all we can really concentrate on is the next training session – the week in hand that we’re doing, and preparing for this game.

“So, regardless of where we are in the table, we prepare in the same way for these games up, and they’re all important and we want to finish the season strong.

“But we really are just focusing on what we’re doing at the moment!”

John Welsh will miss the game with a hamstring injury, while Elliott Whitehouse remains side-lined with his ACL injury.

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📝Match Report: Grimsby Town 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Narrow victory takes Town's winning run to four games

16 February 2019

Lee Blease
Elliot Embleton, Wes Thomas

Grimsby Town kept their winning run going with a narrow victory over Cheltenham Town at Blundell Park.

In a game low on genuine quality, a Wes Thomas penalty four minutes before half-time proved enough for the Mariners to earn all three points.

Town boss Michael Jolley started with the same XI that began last week's victory at Yeovil, which had taken the winning sequence to three games in a row.

James McKeown started in goal, with Luke Hendrie, Reece Hall-Johnson, Ludvig Ohman, Danny Collins and Sebastian Ring forming a five-man defence.

Elliot Embleton, Jake Hessenthaler and Martyn Woolford were the midfield trio, with Thomas and Jordan Cook in attack.

The Grimsby substitutes were Kristian Dennis, Joe Grayson, Harry Clifton, Charles Vernam, Harry Davis, Alex Whitmore and Sam Russell.

Cheltenham began the day 18th in the League Two table, four places and eight points behind the Mariners but looking to complete a league double over their hosts having won the reverse fixture in Gloucestershire in December.

Town kicked off, attacking the Pontoon Stand end of the ground and Cook was given a warning by the referee after two similar fouls near the Cheltenham corner flag on the right with six minutes on the clock.

The Mariners won the first corner of the game but the ball ended up with visiting keeper Scott Flinders after Ring's delivery had been flicked on.

The game's first chance came on 10 minutes when Ring burst into the box from the left and pulled the ball back but Thomas could not direct it towards goal.

Town were starting to get into their stride after a quiet start and Woolford had a shooting opportunity from the edge of the box two minutes later, although his low effort was comfortably stopped by Flinders.

The away side had an opportunity to create some danger of their own with a free kick from the left but Chris Hussey's excellent delivery into the penalty areea was headed off-target by Luke Varney.

A Cheltenham corner came on the right soon afterwards but it caused no problems for the Town defence as the ball was intercepted by Hessenthaler after it had been played short.

Embleton was fouled near the edge of the box to give the Mariners a free kick in a promising position on 20 minutes but his shot from it went over the bar.

Varney had the ball in the net for Cheltenham three minutes later but there were no celbrations as the offside flag had gone up against him as he ran onto a through-ball.

After a promising spell for the away side failed to produce a chance in front of goal, Thomas won a corrner at the other end but Collins' header from it was cleared.

A dangerous-looking cross from Varney had to be headed away for a corner by Collins with six minutes to go before the break but the ball from the flag was flicked wide by the expeienced striker.

Soon afterwards, the Mariners were given a chance to take the lead when Thomas was brought down inside  the box and the refere pointed to the penalty spot.  THOMAS stepped up himself to beat the dive of Fliners and find the bottom-left corner of the net.

Cheltenham's Charlie Raglan was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Cook and after one additional minute at the end of the half passed without any further chances, it remained 1-0 at the interval.

No changes were made before the restart and the visitors won the first corner of the second half seven minutes in, although Hussey's ball was headed clear by Thomas at the near post.

Billy Waters replaced Rakish Bingham in the Cheltenham attack as the visitors made the first substitution of the game on 57 minutes.

Thomas did well to win a corner on the left after linking up with Woolford but Town were unable to create any sinificant problems from the flag-kick.

Woolford was replaced by Clifon just before another corner, this time on the right, saw Hessenthaler's ball go just too high for Ohman.

Manny Duku came on in place of Varney for the away side and the substitute almost had an opportunity to equalise when he got the better of Ohman on the edge of the box but McKeown spotted the danger and came off his line to get to the ball first.

Cheltenam's last change saw Will Boyle replace Cameron Pring, before Dennis was sent on in place of Thomas for the Mariners.

A free kick from Hussey on the right on 75 minutes caused no problems as the ball went through to McKeown, with the visitors posing little real threat to the Town dfence.

Midfielder Jordan Tillson was booked for a foul on Cook on the halfway line and from the resulting free kick, Collins headed the ball on for Dennis but he could not get a strong enough contact on it to take it past Flinders.

Soon afterwards, Ohman was adjudged to have fouled Jacob Maddox on the edge of the penalty area but Hussey's free kick curled just wide of McKeown's target.

Davis came on for Embleton in the final substitution of the afternoon with six minutes to go, before a Duku shot thre minutes later was deflected through to McKeown.

The fourth official signalled four added minutes to be played at the end of the game and the Mariners were able to see the additional time out comfortably to secure the three points and a clean sheet.

Town are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Swindon Town.


1 James McKeown 
5 Ludvig Öhman 
6 Danny Collins (C) 
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 
27 Luke Hendrie 
3 Sebastian Ring 
7 Jake Hessenthaler 
16 Martyn Woolford 
22 Elliot Embleton 
39 Wes Thomas 
11 Jordan Cook


23 Sam Russell 
24 Harry Davis 
14 Joe Grayson 
25 Alex Whitmore 
15 Harry Clifton 
8 Kristian Dennis S
18 Charles Vernam

Cheltenham Town

1 Scott Flinders 
7 Conor Thomas 
28 Cameron Pring 
3 Chris Hussey 
4 Ben Tozer (C) 
24 Charlie Raglan 
8 Kevin Dawson 
25 Jordan Tillson 
20 Jacob Maddox 
32 Luke Varney 
27 Rakish Bingham


22 Rhys Lovett 
15 William Boyle 
23 Jordon Forster 
11 Ryan Broom 
26 Chris Clements 
9 Immanuelson Duku 
21 Billy Waters

Attendance: 4,940 (82)

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Next Up: Swindon Town

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📝It's Matchday! Early Bird Tickets Available

You can book your Early Bird tickets for today’s game right up until lunchtime.

16 February 2019

You can book your Early Bird tickets for today’s game right up until lunchtime. 

Early bird tickets are available in the Lower Young's Stand, the Main Stand, and the Pontoon Stand. 

Secure your seat online here.

Early Bird & Matchday Prices

Lower Young's Stand

Young's Lower Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £19 £21
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £12 £14
Young Adult (15-18) £12 £14
Student/ Unemployed N/A N/A

Main Stand

Main Stand Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £19 £21
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £12 £14
Young Adult (15-18) £12 £14
Student/ Unemployed N/A N/A

Pontoon Stand

Pontoon Stand Early Bird Match Day
Adult (Over 18) £19 £21
Junior (1-14) £5/£7* £5/£7*
Senior Citizen (65+) £12 £14
Young Adult (15-18) £12 £14
Student/ Unemployed £12 £14

You can book your tickets online, by calling 01472 605050, or from the Blundell Park ticket office.

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