This coming Saturday The (not so super) Saddlers head off to the picturesque town of Grimsby to take on The Mariners, in another contest that could determine the fate of one or both clubs potentially.
Imagine the fish puns that could be inserted here… but I best not as there’s a time and a plaice for those. Oh my Cod, sorry… on with the preview before I get digitally battered.
Grimsby Town are currently managed by Paul Hurst and find themselves languishing at the bottom of the English Football League, being 24th In League Two with a record of 31 points from 36 matches. Astonishingly, these are only one of two teams (the other being Southend) to have won less league games than us… how bad are we?!
The Mariners come into this game with a little bit of confidence after 3 points on Tuesday night, and that extended their unbeaten run to 5 games meaning they are in better form than we are too, oh dear.
The last six Mariners games have been:
6th March - Forest Green Rovers (a) - Lost 2-1
9th March - Carlisle United (a) - Drew 1-1
13th March - Colchester United (h) - Drew 0-0
17th March - Tranmere Rovers (h) - Drew 0-0
20th March - Mansfield Town (a) - Drew 2-2
23rd March - Barrow (a) - Won 1-0
For players that have played for both teams, I expect @TheBostedSlab to contribute with a large list, but two off the top of my head are the current Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown and our much maligned ex-striker Andy Cook. Of course, for the older generation on here, Alan Buckley has history with both teams too.
Following Tuesday’s bore draw, what do you think the team is going to be? Rory Holden is on the verge of returning from injury, whilst I believe Tyreik Wright is still on International duty. Will Tom Leak keep his place after being our MOTM (in my opinion) on Tuesday? Just what will Dut-Ball put together this time? He is being very Koi and keeping his cards close to his chest.
One thing is for sure, this game is massive. If our strikers would like to fin-ish that would be much appreciated and could help us to krill the game off, otherwise we are going to be floundering for our League Two status.
Score predictions and general match predictions welcomed.
PS. I read a stat today that is quite harrowing. Should we end up relegated we will be TWO divisions behind Shrewsbury, and only TWO divisions above Hednesford Town and Rushall Olympic.
PPS. For anyone who wants to predict the rest of the League Two season, here is the rather aptly named Fishy Calculator - https://thefishy.co.uk/calculator0.php?Competition=4
PPS. Sorry, I am gill-ty of far too many fish puns. Apologies.
Enjoy the game, folks!
- Grimsby Town Win
- Walsall Win