This afternoon sees Crewe Alexandra travel to Grimsby Town for the final game of the 2018/19 season looking to complete a league double after October’s 2-0 win at the Alexandra Stadium.
Looking at the hosts, so far this season they have 15 victories, 8 draws and 22 losses in the league as they sit in 17th place. They have beaten Macclesfield Town, Carlisle United twice, Port Vale, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Tranmere Rovers, Swindon Town, Notts County, Port Vale, Exeter City, MK Dons, Newport County, Yeovil Town, Cheltenham Town, their draws have come against Lincoln City, MK Dons, Exeter, Northampton Town twice, Swindon, Bury and Morecambe whilst the losses have come against Forest Green Rovers twice, Newport, Yeovil, Bury, Oldham Athletic twice, Stevenage twice, Morecambe, us, Cambridge United twice, Mansfield Town twice, Cheltenham, Macclesfield, Lincoln, Crawley, Tranmere and Colchester.
In cup competitions, they lost 2-0 to Rochdale in the EFL Cup whilst they lost in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup to Crystal Palace after eliminating MK Dons and Chesterfield in the prior rounds. In the EFL Trophy, they finished bottom of their group that also contained Newcastle United’s Under-21 team, Notts County and Doncaster Rovers.
Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 63 times with both teams having 24 wins with 15 draws. Crewe’s biggest win came in a 5-0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium in February 2017 while Grimsby’s biggest win came by the same scoreline at their previous home of Abbey Park. Last season saw the home team win both games, Grimsby winning at Blundell Park 1-0 in September with Crewe winning in Cheshire on New Years’ Day 2-0.
Who are the officials for the game?
The officials for this game see Craig Hicks as the man in the middle with Wade Smith and Gareth Mellor his assistants and Robert Atkin as the fourth official. The following Crewe games have been refereed by Hicks in the last 5 years:
- Crewe Alexandra 1-4 Lincoln City (11th November 2017) – Raynes
- Cambridge United 3-1 Crewe Alexandra (30th December 2017) – Dagnall
- Stevenage 0-1 Crewe Alexandra (20th October 2018) – Bowery
- Exeter City 1-0 Crewe Alexandra (15th December 2018)