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Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley says the experience in Bury’s squad will prove to be a tough test for the Mariners at Gigg Lane in Sky Bet League Two this Saturday (3pm).
Town will be looking to kick on from Tuesday night’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy win over Notts County, but Jolley acknowledges that Ryan Lowe’s side will present a stern test for the Mariners.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It will be another difficult game. Obviously a League One side last year – they’re still adjusting to life at this level, but we’ve watched them and we’re aware that they pose a threat.
“They’ve got some physical players, they’ve got some skilful players, and they’re a good side so we’re expecting another tough game.
“They’ve got players who have been there and done it at higher levels than League Two, and we know it’s going to be another difficult game.
“We watched their game against Lincoln, and they were very unfortunate to lose that game, and they’ve done well in some of their subsequent games.
“Every game at this level is tight. Forest Green apart, there has been a one-goal difference in more-or-less all of our games, apart from the first one.
“I think every team is competitive, and you have to fall on the right side of the small details to try and get as many points as you can.”
And the Town boss emphasised that it will take time for his side to maintain the required level of consistency each week.
He said: “We’re still trying to find that level of consistency in our performance, and that’s the challenge for every team – to try and find that.
“As the season develops, we’ll see a more consistent team emerging. I’ve got a clear mind on how I want the team to move forward, and who I want to be in the team.
“And once we reach that position then we can really judge ourselves on whether we’re performing consistently, and getting results.”
The gaffer revealed that there is a small chance of Danny Collins returning to action this weekend, following his broken arm in the Lincoln City game.
Reece Hall-Johnson, Harry Cardwell, and Elliott Whitehouse all remain out, while Paul Dixon and Wes Thomas are still suspended.
Preston North End loanee Ben Pringle continues to work hard as he aims to return to full fitness.