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The Opposition: Crewe Alexandra

We take an in-depth look at David Artell’s side ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with the Railwaymen

27 October 2018

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Grimsby Town will be hoping to make it five Sky Bet League Two games unbeaten as they face Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Jolley’s side made it four league games without defeat on Tuesday as they beat Colchester United 1-0 at Blundell Park, thanks to Wes Thomas’ second goal for the club.

And the Mariners will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to five games as they travel to 17th-place Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

But Crewe, who picked up a 1-1 away draw at Yeovil Town on Tuesday, will pose a tough test for the Mariners, having lost just one of their last five league games themselves.

Artell’s side currently sit two places, and one point, ahead of the Mariners going into this weekend’s fixture.

Last five league results

Grimsby Town: L, W, W, D, W

Crewe Alexandra: W, L, D, W, D

One to watch: Jordan Bowery

The striker has scored five goals in 14 Sky Bet League Two appearances so far this season, including two in his last two games against Yeovil Town and Stevenage.

The 27-year-old failed to score in his first five league appearances this season, but has since found the net five times in his previous 10 games.

The 6ft1ins centre-forward scored 12 league goals for the Railwaymen last season as they finished 15th.

Transfer activity

There wasn’t too much change at Gresty Road in the summer as Artell brought in just four players on permanent transfers.

They brought in midfielder Paul Green from Oldham Athletic, right-back Nicky Hunt from Notts County, striker Shaun Miller from Carlisle United, and winger Alex Nicholls from Barnet.

Preston North End left-back Kevin O’Connor and Liverpool right-back Corey Whelan also joined on loan.

Stay here for exclusive coverage of Saturday's game as Grimsby Town look to continue their recent form in Sky Bet League Two.

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