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Cambridge United v Grimsby Town: 5 Talking Points

We take a look at the five key talking points ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Cambridge United at Abbey Stadium (3pm)

2 November 2018

Michael White

Grimsby Town look to return to winning ways in the league as they face Joe Dunne’s Cambridge United on Saturday.

We look at the five key talking points ahead of the game as the Mariners hope to rediscover their fine form from October.

Level on points

Town sit 19th in the Sky Bet League Two table going into this weekend’s clash with the U’s, who are one place below in 20th.

But both sides are on 15 points going into the game, with the Mariners’ -10 goal difference being two better than Cambridge’s.

But Town have played one game fewer than the U’s, who have played 16, as the Mariners play their rescheduled League Two clash with Mansfield Town at Field Mill on Tuesday.

Resurgent U’s

Joe Dunne’s side had a difficult start to the Sky Bet League Two 2018-19 campaign, winning just two of their first 14 games.

But the U’s have now won two league games on the bounce – beating Swindon Town 2-0 and Macclesfield Town 1-0 – as well as a 1-1 draw at Lincoln City before that.

And they will be hoping to make it three league wins on the spin for the first time since February this weekend.

Mariners edge recent battles

Town were winless against the U’s in the league last season as they lost 3-1 at Abbey Stadium in February 2018, and drew 0-0 at Blundell Park in October 2017.

But the Mariners won their three previous league fixtures against Cambridge before that – a 2-1 home win in April 2017, a 1-0 away victory in October 2016, and a 2-1 away win in January 2014.

The Mariners’ last five results against the U’s consist of three wins, a draw, and a defeat.

Michael Jolley returns as University of Cambridge alumni

Town manager Jolley was a bank trader in London and New York City before he started football coaching in 2004.

And this weekend, the Town boss will have fond memories when he returns to the city where he studied for his MSc degree in Economics.

He said: “I used to live in Cambridge and I studied there so that was a happy time for me, but that’s a long time ago now, so I’m just really thinking about the game for this weekend now.”

Start of a busy November

This weekend’s clash with the U’s kick-starts a period of seven games in 24 days in all competitions for the Mariners.

Town travel to Mansfield Town in the league on Tuesday before welcoming MK Dons to Blundell Park in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, November 10.

The Mariners then host Newcastle United U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday, November 13, before returning to league action against Crawley Town at Blundell Park on Saturday, November 17.

Jolley’s side then travel to Northampton Town on Saturday, November 24, before finishing off the month against Tranmere Rovers at Blundell Park on Tuesday, November 27.

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