Match Centre

Grimsby Town (A)
15:00 - Saturday 15th January 2022
National League (Blundell Park)
Goals (Opponent): John McAtee [47'] Jordan Maguire-Drew [83']
Attendance: 4573
Referee: TBC
1 Tony Thompson
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 Dan Mooney
8 Elliot Osborne
10 Josh Hancock
11 Ryan Colclough
19 Jamie Morgan
20 Andy White
25 Toby Mullarkey
29 Jordan Hulme
Grimsby Town
21 Max Crocombe
6 Luke Waterfall
26 Andy Smith
5 Shaun Pearson
22 Danny Amos
4 Ben Fox
8 Giles Coke (c)
18 Erico Sousa
25 Jordan Maguire-Drew
10 John McAtee
29 Ryan Taylor
16 David Longe-King
31 Evan Khouri
30 Scott Burgess
19 Max Wright
20 Joel Grant
14 Jan 2022 by John Edwards

Ed Painter reports:

The Robins will be looking to snap their winless run this weekend when they face out-of-form Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

After an impressive performance against Barnet last Saturday, Alty were never able to get going against Stockport County three days later, suffering a 4-1 Tuesday night defeat against a side that looked a class above the rest.

Moments after Josh Hancock saw his early goalbound effort blocked, the Hatters broke the deadlock through Antoni Sarcevic, who turned the ball home after a sweeping counter attack.

That lead was then doubled shortly before the break when Will Collar was given far too much space to bring the ball forward toward the Alty area, allowing the midfielder to rifle the ball into the back of the net past a stranded Tony Thompson.

There was no let-up in the second half as Paddy Madden added County’s third in the 50th minute from the penalty spot, following Andy White’s foul on Collar, before Ryan Croasdale headed home to increase Stockport’s lead to four.

A-Jay Leitch-Smith scored a consolation goal for the hosts deep into stoppage time, bursting through on the right of the area before lashing a shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

But in truth, the Robins were unable to trouble their near-neighbours for a majority of the contest, with the final score reflecting the Hatters’ dominance.

You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below.

Following that result, the Robins remain 16th in the Vanarama National League table, seven points behind Grimsby in 10th, having played two more games than the Mariners.

Last Meeting

This will be the second meeting between the sides this season, with Alty and Grimsby last facing one another on October 5th. On that occasion, goals from Dan Mooney and Jake Moult were not enough as Alty’s bid to execute a dramatic late comeback fell just short, with the Mariners winning 3-2 at The J. Davidson Stadium.

Will Bapaga got the opener for Grimsby in the 27th minute after smashing Ryan Taylor's cross into the roof of the net before Taylor doubled the visitors’ advantage just after half-time.

Harry Clifton bagged the Mariners’ third after 55 minutes, leaving Alty with a mountain to climb to get anything out of the game.

After Bapaga was shown a second yellow card for impeding an Alty throw-in, the Robins were able to take advantage when Mooney scored in the 65th minute.

It was well and truly game on with 15 minutes to play, as Ryan Colclough’s inswinging corner led to a scramble that ended with Moult turning the ball home.

But the hosts were unable to find that all-important equaliser as the Mariners held on for all three points.

You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below

The Opponents

Relegated from the Football League at the end of last season, Grimsby Town are looking to do what so many before them have found difficult, bounce back at the first time of asking.

Founded in 1878, the Mariners had started the season strongly and looked to be among the favourites for an immediate return to the Football League. However, their form has deserted them with the club now sat outside of the play-off places.

Since their 2-0 win over Yeovil Town on October 23rd, Grimsby have won one, drawn one and lost nine of the following 11 games, scoring only five goals while conceding 17.

In their bid to make their stay at this level a short one, they have recruited well. Adding striker John McAtee to their ranks has so far paid off for Paul Hurst’s team, with the former Scunthorpe United man currently the club’s top scorer with five goals. Alongside Ryan Taylor, another new addition from Newport County, Grimsby have the early makings of a prolific strike partnership.

However, with goals so hard to come by, and with injury and suspension currently plaguing the Mariners’ camp, Hurst is having to rely on the versatility of the remaining players at his disposal to get the club’s promotion campaign back on track.

Last Match

In their last match against FC Halifax Town, the Shaymen secured a narrow 1-0 win over Grimsby thanks to Matty Warburton’s second-half spot-kick.

The sides could not be separated heading into the break after an evenly contested first half saw both teams have chances to edge ahead.

The West Yorkshire side opened the scoring in the 69th minute when Warburton dispatched his penalty after Jamie Allen was brought down in the area.

Grimsby struggled in the second half as Halifax looked to double their lead. Top scorer Billy Waters almost put the game beyond doubt when his effort looked destined for the back of the net, only to see Max Crocombe pull off an impressive save.

However, one goal was enough for Halifax, who have now made it seven league games unbeaten while Grimsby slipped to their fourth defeat in five matches.

The Manager

Grimsby are managed by Paul Hurst, a man who is enjoying a second spell in charge at Blundell Park, after rejoining the club in December, 2020, alongside assistant Chris Doig. While their relegation from League Two will have been a great disappointment, their form to start this season will give them great hope that their League status will soon be restored.

After spending most of his playing career with Rotherham United, making 438 appearances and scoring 13 goals across 15 years, Hurst dipped his toe into management by taking the reins at Ilkeston Town in 2009.

Despite guiding the club to the National League North, he soon departed for Boston United, a club he enjoyed great success with.

Hurst soon attracted the attention of Grimsby, who appointed him manager in 2013 with the aim of returning the club to the League. He did just that three seasons later, beating Forest Green Rovers 3-1 in the play-off final at Wembley.

He then made the switch to Shrewsbury Town the following year, before moving to Ipswich Town in May, 2018. His time with the Suffolk-based club was short and, after only five months, he was relieved of his duties. A similarly-short spell with Scunthorpe United was to follow before he returned to Blundell Park in 2020.

Last five league games

Grimsby Town: LLLDL (F3 A8)

Altrincham: LLLDL (F3 A13)

What are we saying?

Alty manager Phil Parkinson spoke after the Robins’ 4-1 loss to Stockport County.

What are they saying?

Grimsby manager Paul Hurst spoke after the Mariners’ 1-0 defeat to FC Halifax Town.

Ticket details

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Listen to the game Live on Radio Robins

You can listen to live commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery. 

The broadcast starts at 2.45pm.

The match commentary sponsor is Barry Pond.

The commentary team is Brian Flynn, Niall Flynn and Andy Ainsworth.

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Match Centre:

15 Jan 2022 by John Edwards

*So close .. a smart save by the Grimsby keeper denies Ryan Colclough just before half-time. Picture by Jonathan Moore.

Mark Simpson reports on Grimsby Town 2 Altrincham 0

Both teams came into this game feeling that recent results had not matched performances, both having slipped some way from the top six positions they had occupied before their first meeting, an entertaining 3-2 win for then-leaders Grimsby in early-October.

The fog that had accompanied us across the Pennines had lifted by the time we arrived at Blundell Park, but it remained bitterly cold.

The Altrincham team showed one change from Tuesday night’s defeat by Stockport County (Jordan Hulme for Kennedy Digie), with new loan signing Kevin Berkoe on the bench, whilst Grimsby also made changes from their narrow defeat by leaders FC Halifax Town on the same night, with Hull City loanee Andy Smith and Danny Amos debuting at full-back. A third new signing, Sam Burgess, was on the bench.

The pitch looked in reasonable condition, with just the odd bare patch or two, which was to be expected at this stage of the season. As befits a team who were in the Football League as recently as last season, there was a healthy home attendance of 4,573, with 132 Altrincham fans making the long trip to the east coast.

Altrincham won an early corner after good work by Jamie Morgan and Ryan Colclough, but it was cleared by the Grimsby defence.

Grimsby’s immediate counter saw Erico Sousa dispossessed by Tom Hannigan. A Ryan Taylor error almost put Jordan Hulme in, but Luke Waterfall covered well.

Josh Hancock then nearly capitalised on a slip by Shaun Pearson, but Waterfall saved his team again with a timely challenge. Ben Fox’s long-range effort for Grimsby was then blocked by Hannigan after eight minutes.

Jake Moult went down with a knock but recovered without treatment. Morgan then got a shot away after hesitant Grimsby defending, but was well wide of the far post.

Grimsby then went close as John McAtee’s cross was met by Taylor, but his effort deflected wide for a corner off Toby Mullarkey after 17 minutes. McAtee was drifting into space well in the number 10 role.

Alty keeper Tony Thompson and skipper Moult then collided defending a corner, and Altrincham were fortunate to be given the ball after the incident. Sousa then bent in a lovely cross which Fox headed over after 21 minutes.

Sousa then won a free-kick for obstruction against Morgan on the left by-line, which led to another corner as Grimsby were clearly on top at this stage, but the corner came to nothing.

Sousa and Fox then put Taylor in on goal, but Thompson saved well at his feet. Altrincham were finding it really hard to get and keep possession as the half-hour mark approached.

After 32 minutes, Sousa bent a shot wide of goal, but he was proving a real threat down the left-hand side for the Mariners. Moult then fouled McAtee to give Grimsby an attacking free-kick, which again Altrincham defended well, but the Robins were creating nothing of significance.

McAtee then broke dangerously down the left but was flagged offside after 36 minutes. At this point, Altrincham were probably praying for half-time as Grimsby continued to dominate, with Alty’s usual passing game not in evidence as Giles Coke and Fox dominated central midfield.

A good Altrincham move then almost put Hancock in, after which Colclough’s run led to a shot saved by Max Crocombe. Jordan Maguire-Drew then won a corner off Andy White in first-half added time, which Waterfall headed straight at Thompson who tipped over, leading to another corner that caused some mayhem in the penalty area without leading to a clear-cut chance, as the half-time whistle blew, probably much to the visitors’ relief.

Neither side made a change at half-time. Normal service was resumed as Grimsby won an early corner, which was half-cleared to the edge of the box, where McAtee buried a fantastic right-foot volley past Thompson to give Grimsby a well-deserved lead after 47 minutes.

Two minutes later, Maguire-Drew mis-kicked a presentable chance from a Sousa cross. At the other end, after good hold-up play by Hulme, Dan Mooney bent a left-foot shot over the bar.

Back in the Robins’ penalty area, McAtee hurt himself treading on the ball but recovered quickly. Coke then broke forward, but the referee denied him a free-kick as he hit the floor.

Next, Moult was penalised for an aerial challenge on Fox, but the free-kick came to nothing.

Play had become a little more even and end-to-end, which was encouraging, but McAtee then did brilliantly to create himself a chance on the hour-mark but shot wide.

A couple of minutes later, McAtee was involved again, with a shot well turned over by Thompson, who also caught the corner.

After 63 minutes, Altrincham threw on A-Jay Leitch-Smith for Hulme, who had cut an isolated figure up front for the Robins. Grimsby then won themselves another corner down the right, which resulted in a close-range header which Morgan headed off the line.

Grimsby then brought on Max Wright for Sousa, who had been brilliant on the Grimsby left (67 minutes). McAtee then tried another volley which was off target, and still Altrincham were creating precious little.

Wright broke down the left, but Maguire-Drew could not quite meet the cross, after which Ben Pringle replaced Mooney (71 minutes), and almost immediately had a shot blocked.

For all their dominance, you began to wonder if Grimsby would regret not taking more advantage of their clear superiority, particularly as Altrincham almost played themselves into trouble twice without sustaining further damage to the scoreline.

Grimsby then won yet another corner (78 minutes) which Waterfall headed over under pressure, after which Kevin Berkoe made his debut in place of White.

With 10 minutes to go, the game was getting messy, which was an improvement on Grimsby domination, but was not likely to lead to an undeserved equaliser.

And, indeed, Grimsby earned the margin their performance deserved, when Maguire-Drew bent a left-foot shot into the top corner for another superb Mariners goal (84 minutes), which it was hard to begrudge them given their dominant performance.

The superb McAtee was then replaced by Scott Burgess, another debutant.

Colclough had a shot blocked as the Robins sought consolation, after which Evan Khouri replaced Maguire-Drew (88 minutes). Four minutes’ added time remained for an unlikely comeback, as Colclough had another shot blocked, but there was no real prospect of that happening, as Coke had a shot blocked, and the game petered out for a comfortable and well-deserved Grimsby win, the margin being the least that Grimsby deserved.

Grimsby: Crocombe, Pearson, Smith, Waterfall, Amos, Maguire-Drew, Coke, Fox, Sousa, McAtee, Taylor. Substitutes: Longe-King, Wright, Grant, Khouri, Burgess.

Altrincham: Thompson, Morgan, Hannigan, Mullarkey, White, Moult, Osborne, Mooney, Hancock, Colclough, Hulme. Substitutes: Berkoe, Pringle, Leitch-Smith, Furman, Digie

FT: Defeat for Alty as two second half strikes from McAtee and Maguire-Drew see Alty defeated. (2-0)
90' Colclough pulls the trigger but his shot is well blocked. (2-0)
90' Four minutes of added time. (2-0)
87' Hancock is fouled by Coke and Alty have a free-kick. (2-0)
83' Grimsby double their lead through Maguire-Drew. (2-0)
81' Osborne's late challenge hands Grimsby a free-kick. (1-0)
80' Final Alty change as Berkoe comes on for White. (1-0)
79' Comes to nothing. (1-0)
79' Grimsby corner. (1-0)
78' The game has gotten a little scrappy as we approach the final ten minutes. (1-0)
72' Second Alty change as Pringle comes on for Mooney (1-0)
71' Maguire-Drew inches away from tucking the ball home at the far post, following Wright's low cross. (1-0)
65' Morgan clears another Grimsby attempt off the line! (1-0)
65' An Alty change as Hulme is replaced by Leitch-Smith. (1-0)
63' WHAT A SAVE FROM THOMPSON! The Alty stopper gets two hands to McAtee's goalbound effort. (1-0)
61' Waterfall is all over Hulme there but the ref isn't interested. (1-0)
60' McAtee does really well there but the Alty defence recovers enough to put the striker off. (1-0)
58' Hume does well to win Alty a free-kick, following a foul by Waterfall. (1-0)
56' Comes to nothing. (1-0)
56' Dangerous free-kick for Grimsby. (1-0)
50' Mooney tries his luck from range, following a good move down the right, but his effort is high and wide. (1-0)
50' Andy White does enough to prevent Maguire-Drew the chance on goal. (1-0)
47' McAtee volleys Grimsby ahead. Thompson left no chance (1-0)
46' Sousa's cross deflects off Morgan for a corner kick. (0-0)
46' Second half is underway. BIG 45 MINUTES AHEAD FOR THE ROBINS! (0-0)
HT: All square at the break. Grimsby enjoying more of the ball but the Robins keeping the hosts at bay. (0-0)
45+' A bit of a goalmouth scramble but it seems the Robins have managed to get away with it. (0-0)
45+' A powerful header is directed over the crossbar by Thompson. (0-0)
45+' Corner for Grimsby. (0-0)
45' One minute of added time. (0-0)
45' Colclough dribbling his way past the Grimsby defence, but his eventual shot doesn't trouble the home 'keeper. (0-0)
44' A fine piece of play by Osborne, but a heavy touch lets Grimsby off the hook. (0-0)
42' Mooney collects the ball and runs at Amos, but the defender wins their duel. (0-0)
41' A cross from Amos is plucked out of the air by Thompson. (0-0)
39' Moult clears the lines after another attack from the hosts. (0-0)
36' Good move for Grimsby as McAtee gets into a dangerous position, but the linesman has his flag up. (0-0)
34' Jake Moult fouls McAtee as he looks to break forward. Free-kick Grimsby. (0-0)
32' Sousa's cross/shot is comfortably dealt with by Thompson. (0-0)
32' Grimsby enjoying more of the ball as we just pass the half hour mark. (0-0)
27' Tony Thompson saves Taylor's effort, after the striker worked his way into space. (0-0)
25' The resulting corner comes to nothing. (0-0)
25' Maguire-Drew wins Grimsby another corner. (0-0)
22' A difficult ball into the box from Sousa is headed just over by Ben Fox. (0-0)
20' Another Grimsby corner. Ball is lofted into the box but the referee has stopped play for an injury. (0-0)
16' McAtee finds Taylor with a smart pass, but the striker's shot is deflected behind for a corner. (0-0)
14' Dan Mooney fouls Sousa and the hosts have a free-kick. (0-0)
14' Jamie Morgan's shot doesn't trouble the Grimsby 'keeper. (0-0)
8' Ryan Taylor gets in behind the Alty defence but Andy White is on hand to clear. (0-0)
7' A great recovery challenge from the Grimsby defender denies Hancock a shot on goal. (0-0)
6' Jordan Hulme almost makes the most of a defensive mistake from Grimsby, but they recover to clear the danger. (0-0)
5' Free-kick to Alty after a foul on Colclough. (0-0)
2' Mooney's corner kick doesn't beat the first man and Grimsby clear. (0-0)
2' Early corner for the Robins. (0-0)
1' We are underway. COME ON ALTY! (0-0)
Teams are on their way out! Just a few minutes until play begins.
Not long now until we get underway at Blundell Park. Players being put through their paces!
Grimsby Town Team News: Starting XI: Max Crocombe, Luke Waterfall, Andy Smith, Shaun Pearson, Danny Amos, Ben Fox, Giles Coke (c), Erico Sousa, Jordan Maguire-Drew, John McAtee, Ryan Taylor. Subs: David Longe-King, Evan Khouri, Scott Burgess, Max Wright, Joel Grant.
Altrincham Team News: Starting XI: Tony Thompson, Tom Hannigan, Jake Moult (c), Dan Mooney, Elliot Osborne, Josh Hancock, Ryan Colclough, Jamie Morgan, Andy White, Toby Mullarkey, Jordan Hulme. Subs: Ben Pringle, Kennedy Digie, Kevin Berkoe, A-Jay Leitch-Smith, Dean Furman.
We will get you some team news as soon as we possibly can.
Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon's Matchday LIVE updates from our Vanarama National League game against Grimsby Town. The last meeting between these two sides was certainly very competitive as Alty almost executed an unbelievable comeback from three goals down, ultimately falling short in a narrow 3-2 defeat at the J. Davidson Stadium. This time around, both sides are in desperate need of a change in fortunes, with Grimsby's automatic promotion hopes slipping through their fingers, while Alty's play-off push looks to have been washed away. Today's match updates are brought to you remotely by Ed Painter.