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Big Match Preview - Woking

5 March 2015

Town visit Kingfield Stadium on Saturday to take on fellow promotion chasers Woking, searching for a fourth consecutive league victory. A fantastic 3-1 win at Barnet has since been followed up with solid, if unremarkable victories at home to Telford and Braintree, leaving the Mariners eight points off top spot with 10 games remaining.

Woking themselves are on a good run of form, having lost just one of their last eight matches, although that sequence has included four draws. Boss Garry Hill labelled Town "the poorest Grimsby team" he had ever seen following Woking's 3-1 defeat at Blundell Park earlier this season, and Carl Magnay has conceded he and his team-mates would be looking to use those comments as motivation ahead of the return fixture.

Grimsby and Woking are not the only top 7 sides playing against each other this weekend. Elsewhere in the division, Bristol Rovers (1st) host Eastleigh (6th) and Forest Green (5th)  travel to Barnet (2nd), meaning that the league table could look noticeably different come 5pm on Saturday.

TEAM NEWS

Paul Hurst has a full squad to choose from now that on-loan striker Ollie Palmer is back from injury, with Scott Brown also now deemed fully fit after his spell on the sidelines. Brown will be hoping to replace Craig Disley or Craig Clay in central midfield, while Palmer must oust either Lenell John-Lewis or Jon-Paul Pittman from a starting role in attack. Christian Jolley could return to the side having been named as a substitute last time out.

Central defender Joe McNerney was forced off with a knee injury after just 12 minutes during the Cards' 3-1 win at Dartford, and it is unclear whether he will recover in time for the weekend. His misfortune could see right-back Adam Newton recalled to the side, with captain Mark Ricketts dropping into defence and Joey Jones filling the void in midfield. Aswad Thomas has started one game since joining from the Mariners but hasn't been in the matchday squad since due to injury. Midfielder John Goddard is certain to keep his place following his brace in midweek, while striker Giuseppe Sole might have to settle for a place on the bench again, with Scott Rendell and Yemi Odubade the preferred options.

Possible Mariners XI: McKeown, Magnay, Nsiala, Pearson, Robertson, Jolley, Disley, Brown, Arnold, Pittman, John-Lewis

Possible Woking XI: Cole, Newton, Ricketts, Clarke, Arthur, Goddard, Jones, Payne, Betsy, Odubade, Rendell

FORM GUIDE

Town: WLLWWW

Woking: DWLDWW

MANAGER QUOTE

"It will be a tough game for us and they will feel they are in with a shout of the play-offs. Games are running out for teams to really put a run in, and that's why it's so important we have taken nine points from nine." Paul Hurst

"You can just see momentum starting to come again. We'll have to be at our best against a good Grimsby side on Saturday." Garry Hill.


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