"Ye Mariners of England"
"No news is good news" (as the old saying goes), but the exception to the rule is when you’re waiting for a striker/midfielder (delete as appropriate) to be signed in time for the visit of Grimsby Town on Saturday. Darrell Clarke has no doubt been spending increasing amounts of time in tracking down personnel targets, but we must wait to see what he can produce - a bit like watching Tommy Cooper pulling strange items from his voluminous cloak…
There is a degree of reverence in the managerial connections between our two clubs, in that Alan Buckley was Grimsby’s manager for three separate stints, and Stuart Watkiss took over the caretaker manager’s job on three occasions. So far this season Grimsby have shown a definite inclination to score - 10 League Two goals (as opposed to our 2) tells its own story, so our new “strong defence” will have to be at its best. League form so far:-
Aug 3 Morecambe (A) Won 0-2
Aug 10 Bradford City (H) Drew 1-1
Aug 17 Forest Green Rovers (A) Lost 1-0
Aug 20 Colchester United (H) Drew 2-2
Aug 24 Port Vale (H) Won 5-2
So The Mariners are nicely placed in the play-off zone, but that’s only 3 points ahead of ourselves in 19th place, with the League 2 table being tight at this early stage.
Saddlers’ team selection is anyone’s guess, partially because of the situation concerning injuries (Guthrie, Roberts, Holden et al) and Darrell Clarke’s predilection for keeping his cards close to his chest - see the “Comms” thread for assistance in going to sleep, it beats counting sheep any day of the week…
Prediction? Perhaps this is “clutching at straws” mode but Grimsby have conceded 6 goals in their 5 games thus far, so maybe our strikers (whoever they are) will have a sporting chance of improving our goal difference. Head above parapet, and a 2-1 home win, with Kinsella and o.g. supplying the necessary.