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▶️Match Preview: Town vs Barrow

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is expecting a good game of football in tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Barrow at Blundell Park (7pm).

2 November 2020

Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is expecting a good game of football in tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Barrow at Blundell Park (7pm).

The Mariners will look to earn their first win in five games, and kick on from the point in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stevenage.

But David Dunn’s side are aiming for a third consecutive league win, after beating Bradford City 1-0 and Mansfield Town 4-2.

And Holloway is expecting a different type of test from tomorrow’s clash with the Bluebirds – compared to some games in League Two.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “They’ve won their last two games, so it’s a good challenge.
“They’re finding their feet – they got a couple of draws and now they’ve got a couple of wins, and I’ve been really impressed with them.

“They’ve got a way of playing that their previous manager taught them and David Dunn has come in and he hasn’t changed anything.

“They know what they’re doing and they know why they’re doing it.

“It will be a good one. It won’t be a massive fight – it’s going to be a football game.

“Some weeks it’s a massive fight in this division, so I’m looking forward to this one because they will try and play, so full credit to Dunny and I’m glad he’s recovered from coronavirus now.

“But I want to try and get a home win – it’s really getting on my nerves.

“I want to stop them and try and impose what we do on the game.”

Holloway said he’s happy with how his team is adapting and learning new systems.

He said: “I’ve got enough to do – work on my players understanding what I want them to do.

“And I think we know how to do it in a five now – in a 3-4-3, and in a 3-5-2 as well.

“So hopefully I’ll be able to switch it around with whoever’s fit because they can’t all play that way.

“If I lose Danny Preston I might have to change the shape because he’s the only left-back I’ve got, apart from Joey Hope who’s a little bit young yet and I’ve loaned him out.

“It is what it is. Let’s be perfectly honest we’ve been patching things up for months and months since the last lockdown, and our season was binned – it’s quite weird.

“But I’ve got lots of new people, I can’t wait to come in, I’m loving coming into work, and I don’t want to stop coming into work now.”

And Holloway praised former assistant manager Anthony Limbrick, after he left the club yesterday.
He said: “I’m very sad. He’s a fantastically-motivated person – he’s sorely missed by our players, staff, and our supporters.

“Unfortunately it’s part of the times – that being that his young family to move up here at this time, he needed commitment.

“And in this day and age – when we’re on a 25 per cent wage cut – if he can’t afford that then I don’t blame him for the situation that he found himself in.

“I wish him all the best and I’ll do everything I can to help him – he’s a wonderful person.”
James Tilley will be sidelined for “quite a while,” after suffering a thigh injury in our 0-0 draw with Stevenage at the weekend.

Owura Edwards and Elliott Hewitt remain out, while Holloway wants Ludvig Öhman to get a full week’s training under his belt.

Harry Clifton is back in contention for tomorrow’s clash, after playing a full part in training.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Grimsby Town 1-0 Barrow AFC

Mariners secure first home league win of the season

3 November 2020

Anne Boyers

Montel Gibson scored the only goal of the game to earn Grimsby Town a victory over Barrow at Blundell Park.

The Mariners created the better chances but were forced to wait until the hour mark for their breakthrough.

The visitors pressed for an equaliser but rarely threatened James McKeown's goal as Town defended well to secure all three points and register their first home league win of the season.

Three changes were made to the Grimsby starting XI following the goalless draw at Stevenage on Saturday, with Harry Clifton, Max Wright and Gibson coming in as Danny Preston, Matt Green and the injured James Tilley made way.

McKeown started in goal, with Luke Hendrie, Mattie Pollock, Luke Waterfall and Clifton forming the defence.

Terry Taylor, Kyle Bennett and Danny Rose were the midfielders, with Wright and Owen Windsor either side of Montel Gibson in attack.

Preston and Green were both named on the bench, alongside Ollie Battersby, George Williams, Sean Scannell, Duncan Idehen and James Morton.

Barrow made the long journey from the north-west looking to make it three league wins in a row after victories over Bradford City and Mansfield Town in their previous two games.

Manager David Dunn's starting line-up included defender Sam Hird, who played 18 games for Town in a loan spell at Blundell Park during the 2007-08 season.

The visitors had the first attack of the game, with a 20-yard shot from striker Dior Angus being pushed over the bar by McKeown for a corner.

A free kick driven into the box from Mike Jones on the Barrow left was dealt with by the Town defence, before Gibson sent a low effort wide of the near post at the other end on six minutes.

Wright sent a free header over the bar after meeting a cross from Taylor on the right, then another opportunity came as Bennett worked an opening to cross from the left but Gibson headed wide.

A free kick from Jones on the away left was punched clear by McKeown, then a foul by Clifton on 19 minutes gave the visitors another chance to put pressure on the Town goal, this time from the right. Jones' delivery was headed clear.

A Barrow corner was comfortably caught by McKeown, before a corner at the other end found its way back to Bennett, whose follow-up cross was cleared.

A cross from Harrison Biggins on the Barrow left was headed through to McKeown by Luke James as the half-hour mark passed, while a Town penalty appeal was turned down after Wright went down just inside the box after contact as he jumped for a header.

Wright sent a shot over the bar from distance on 34 minutes as the Mariners continued to look for an opening goal.

Hird was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Wright on the halfway line, then Clifton did well to win a corner on the left but from it, Hendrie's flick went through to Barrow keeper Joel Dixon.

Waterfall tried his luck from distance on 43 minutes but his effort was off-target.

Two added minutes were played at the end of the half and Windsor did well to draw a foul from Hird and win a free kick deep inside the Barrow half but Bennett's ball from it was dealt with and Pollock was penalised for a foul on midfielder Jason Taylor.

No further chances were created before the half-time whistle, with the deadlock yet to be broken.

No changes were made before the restart and the visitors had the better of the early stages, with a free kick from the right well-defended as Waterfall headed clear.

Hendrie saw a shot blocked after cutting in fom the right on 50 minutes, before a cross from Wright was also blocked after a run down the right.

A foul on Gibson gave Town a free kick in a dangerous position but the offside flag went up as Bennett's delivery broke towards Pollock.

Jayden Reid and Chris Taylor replaced Angus and Biggins as Barrow made a double substitution on 56 minutes.

But when the opening goal came on the hour, it was the Mariners who took the lead. A good attacking move led to Windsor playing the ball to Wright on the right and he squared it for GIBSON, who finished from close range at the far post.

Williams replaced Wright on 62 minutes in Town's first substitution, before Barrow's Taylor drilled a low shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Defender Matt Platt was booked after catching Gibson on the knee, then Morton replaced Taylor in the Town midfield with 19 minutes left to play.

A cross-shot by Connor Brown was cut out for a Barrow corner but the ball from the flag did not lead to a chance in front of goal.

Waterfall was the next to be booked after a foul on James but again, the free kick did not cause any problems for McKeown in the Town goal.

The visitors were inches away from equalising on 79 minutes though, as Reid went clear and made his way into the box. His low shot beat McKeown but bounced back off the far post.

Preston was sent on in place of Bennett with 10 minutes to go and Dimitri Sea replaced Taylor for the visitors soon afterwards.

With the clock ticking down, Barrow pushed forward in search of an equaliser, with Reid watching as his shot was deflected wide, before another attempt by the same player was blocked and also dropped wide.

McKeown was yellow-carded for time-wasting, before the fourth official's board showed Town would be forced to see out five additional minutes.

But it was the Mariners who finished the game the stronger, with Williams setting off on two surging runs through the middle and Clifton shooting at keeper Dixon.

Barrow were unable to cause any further problems, leaving the Mariners to celebrate a hard-earned victory.

Town are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Dagenham and Redbridge in the first round of the FA Cup.


  1. James McKeown (C)
  2. Matthew Pollock
  3. Luke Waterfall
  4. Luke Hendrie
  5. Harry Clifton
  6. Max Wright
  7. Terry Taylor
  8. Danny Rose
  9. Montel Gibson
  10. Owen Windsor
  11. Kyle Bennett 


  1. Ollie Battersby
  2. Duncan Idehen
  3. Danny Preston
  4. James Morton
  5. Sean Scannell
  6. George Williams
  7. Matt Green 


  1. Joel Dixon
  2. Patrick Brough
  3. Matthew Platt
  4. Sam Hird (C)
  5. Bradley Barry
  6. Connor Brown
  7. Jason Taylor
  8. Michael Jones
  9. Harrison Biggins
  10. Luke James
  11. Dior Angus 


  1. Scott Maloney
  2. Scott Wilson
  3. Yoan Zouma
  4. Chris Taylor
  5. Jayden Reid
  6. Dimitri Sea

Referee: Alan Young

Next Up: Dagenham and Redbridge (A)

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