TOWN will look to finish 2017 with three points when they take on Accrington Stanley at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Mariners will be hoping to back up the 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town on Boxing Day with a victory in front of their own fans before the festive period closes.
Town without Macca
The big injury for Town comes in the form of goalkeeper James McKeown, who went off during the first half against Mansfield with a suspected groin strain.
Town boss Russell Slade said that the long serving stopper will get scan results later today, but youngster Ben Killip will be the man between the posts against
The side are largely at full strength other than that, and now have an extra option in midfield after Chris Clements returned from his loan spell at Barrow.
Accrington could welcome skipper Seamus Conneely back from injury after he made his return as a substitute on Boxing Day, whilst fellow defender Jordan Thorniley is also a doubt.
Accrington looking to halt poor run
Accrington will be looking to put to an end a run of form that has seen them lose their last five games.
John Coleman's side still find themselves in 9th place and only a point off the play-offs despite the run after a terrific start to the season, so they will be looking to get back to winning ways to help their promotion push as soon as possible.
Their away form is what has stopped Stanley from being higher in the table, with them looking for their first league since October at the weekend.
Stanley are now a fully established league side and have plenty of potential goalscorers in their side. Forward Billy Kee is a proven goalscorer at this level and former Town loanee Kayden Jackson, as well as one of Coleman's old stalwarts Sean McConville both more than capable of scoring on their day.
Town looking for a double
Town will be looking to do the double over Accrington after an impressive 2-1 victory at the Wham Stadium back in September.
Russell Slade's men came away with the win thanks to goals from Sam Jones and Martyn Woolford on that day, with Kayden Jackson scoring the goal for the visitors.
The two sides have met on just nine occasions over the years, with Town winning three, Accrington winning four and there being two draws.
Managers in summary
Russell Slade: ''They know what they’re doing, he’s had a lot of that group together for a long time now, so they’re a good unit. They'll come out of this little spell, and they’ll be in and around it. They’ve lost a little bit of form, which happens anyway, but they’re a good side.
John Coleman: ''We haven’t had the best of luck with injuries while we’ve been on this blip, it’s been stop start with players coming back and getting hurt again. ut we still have a squad of players that are more than good enough to compete in this league, we’ve got to be positive and go into the Grimsby game believing that we can get a good result to end this run.”