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PREVIEW: GRIMSBY (A)

16 November 2018

Club News

PREVIEW: GRIMSBY (A)

16 November 2018

The Reds are on the road for the third time in a week as we head North East to face Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

It will be only the third trip to Grimsby in our history and we will be looking to pick up our first win and end our away day win hiatus - we haven't picked up three points on the road since our win at Lincoln City on 8th September. 

Grimsby have lost three in a row in the league and four out of five in all competitions but did pick up an impressive 3-1 win over MK Dons in the FA Cup last weekend. 

The Reds were defeated 2-1 by Gillingham in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening, while Grimsby were beaten by Newcastle U21 in the same competition. However, Crawley can take positives from the 1-1 draw with Southend United that sees us replay in four days time. 

HEAD TO HEAD

With our relatively long history in non-league and Grimsby's in the Football League, we have only met six times previous to Saturday's fixture. 

The Mariners were one of just three teams to defeat Crawley in our Conference winning season as they beat us 1-0 on the opening day of the season - it was Grimsby's first of six seasons at that level before gaining promotion back to the fourth tier in 2016. Michel Kuipers was sent off in the first half and Liam Peacock scored minutes later to secure the win. The return leg at Blundell Park ended goalless.

After one goal in our first two matches, there were five in our next meeting - our first in the Football League. James Collins gave us the lead before Omar Bogle equalised just before half time. A brace from Jordan Roberts then saw us race into a 3-1 lead before Bogle scored again in stoppage time. 

The return fixture saw us draw 1-1, after James Collins equalised following Sam Jones' opener. Grimsby's Danny Collins was sent of late on. 

Last season, we drew 0-0 at Blundell Park yet again. However, the fixture at the Broadfield was a comprehensive win for the Reds, as goals from Jimmy Smith, Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Enzio Boldewijn. 

ONE TO WATCH

Former Red Wes Thomas now plies his trade in Lincolnshire and has scored twice this season for Grimsby. He made appearances for the Reds in the 2011-12 season after signing from Cheltenham where he had a prolific spell. His other clubs include Oxford United, Birmingham City and Rotherham United. He has scored a total of 80 career goals in 295 appearances. 

TICKETS

Tickets are available to purchase until 4.00pm on Friday 16 November from the ticket office. They are priced as follows:

Adults: £19.

Juniors Accompanied (14 & Under): £5

Juniors Unaccompanied (12-14): £7

Young Adult: (15-18): £12

Senior Citizens (65 and over): £12

Students (with valid ID): £12

Disabled: Free carer ticket with relevant age category

TRAVEL

GH Coaches are running a coach to the game, leaving at 7am from the Stadium. The cost is £20 for all and bookings can be made by calling Alain Harper on 07771 792346. The price includes a buffet stop at the Tally Ho, Sleaford. 

COVERAGE 

Gary Smith will provide live commentary on our iFollow Crawley service from 2.55pm. UK subscribers can listen to audio coverage while overseas subscribers will be able to watch the game. 

Keep an eye on our official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts to follow all the action throughout the afternoon. 


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