Town head to Stevenage on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to bounce back from defeat last weekend.
The Mariners went down 2-0 at home to Coventry City at Blundell Park in somewhat controversial circumstances and will be looking to rectify that to earn their second straight win away from home after the opening day win over Chesterfield.
Vernon and Berrett to miss out
Town will be without Scott Vernon after the striker picked up a calf strain prior to kick off against Coventry, whilst James Berrett will also be unavailable after his sending off in the closing stages of the clash against the Sky Blues.
Long term absentees Akwasi Asante and Jamey Osborne remain injured but Chris Clements and Sean McAllister both got some vital minutes in their legs in a behind closed doors game with Scunthorpe United in midweek so could be in contention for a place in the squad. Sam Kelly trained on Thursday and his availability looks to be touch and go until kick off, whilst Zak Mills should return after serving a one match suspension.
Stevenage's only injury worry is Jack King, who is nursing a groin strain and missed their last fixture. Boss Darren Sarll also admits that striker Matt Godden is short of match fitness but he should still retain his place despite that.
Stevenage looking for first victory
Boro boss Darren Sarll will be looking to get his first victory at the weekend after two draws and a Carabao Cup defeat so far this campaign.
Boro began their season with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Newport County on the opening day, where Sarll's side were pegged back on three separate occasions after taking the lead. They then went out of the League Cup with a 2-0 loss to Millwall before a Mikael Mandron equaliser saw them draw 1-1 draw at Colchester United.
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A strong second half to last season saw Stevenage flirt with the play-offs last time out before eventually finishing tenth, and he has kept the majority of the squad from that campaign whilst spreading new faces across the team.
The most notable of those are midfielder Harry Beautyman from Northampton and young striker Danny Newton from Tamworth, who has scored in both of Stevenage's games thus far after 38 goals in 75 games.
Last time out
Town's first home game of the campaign saw them beat Stevenage 5-2 last August before they went down to a 2-0 defeat in the reverse game at the Lamex Stadium.
Steve Schumacher and Jobi McAnuff grabbed the goals that day and the Mariners will be hoping for a better performance this time out.
Saturday will be only the third time the two sides have ever played each other after spending much of their history at opposite ends of the football spectrum.
Managers in summary
Russell Slade:“Stevenage have drawn their first two games. They have been very competitive. "They are a good strong side and particularly so at home. They will press us, make life difficult for us, and I think he has made some good signings. “
Darren Sarll: “He (Slade) has managed some massive football clubs. Grimsby will be a good side in the shape that Russell always produces his sides. They will want to pass the football, they will try and play in between the lines and they will all have good movement in terms of their rotation in the attacking side.”