Saturday afternoon sees the first home game in what feels like forever (it’s only been a fortnight in reality) as we travel to Cleethorpes to face Grimsby Town, a team like ourselves that have started off the season well in the league.
So far this season, they have beaten Morecambe, Port Vale and Walsall, drawn with Bradford City and Colchester United and lost to Forest Green Rovers as they sit in 4th in the league, just behind the Alex. They beat Doncaster Rovers in the 1st Round of the EFL Cup before their 2nd Round home game against Macclesfield Town was abandoned at half-time due to a thunder-storm while they lost against Scunthorpe United in the opening group game of the EFL Trophy in a group that also contains Sunderland and Leicester City’s Under-21 side.
Over the summer, Grimsby have signed 7 players over the summer, 5 of which are permanent signings and 2 half-season loans and let 7 leave the club. Joining the club are defenders Elliott Hewitt, Luke Waterfall and Liam Gibson (loan), midfielder Ethan Robson (loan) and forwards Matt Green, James Hanson and Moses Ogbu.
Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 64 times with Grimsby leading the head-to-head by 25 wins to 24 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 2-0, Crewe winning in South Cheshire in October while Grimsby won in the final game of last season.
Who are the officials for the game?
The officials for this game see Antony Coggins as the man in the middle with Gareth Mellor and Wayne Grunnill his assistants and Abbas as the fourth official. The following Crewe games have been refereed by Coggins in the last 5 years:
- Exeter City 3-0 Crewe Alexandra (16th September 2017)
- Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Coventry City (17th March 2018) – Bowery
I asked Grimsby Town supporter Richard Young for his thoughts going into the game.
How would you describe your transfer activity this summer?
Positive, it’s the first summer for as long as I can remember that we haven’t had a mass exodus and the signings we have bought in look better then what has left and our start to the season seems to reflect that.
Which position is the one that you should improve the most from the squad you currently have?
The general consensus is that we lack creativity still in the middle of the park.
What do you think the team will be for the game?
James McKeown, Luke Hendrie, Richard Hewitt, Ludvig Ohmen, Luke Waterfall, Jake Hessenthaler, Elliot Whitehouse, Jordan Cook, Matt Green, Moses Ogbu and James Hanson in a 4-3-3
How would you set-up to nullify your team?
We are a big strong physical team, it would be interesting to see how we cope with quick passing teams.
Who is the dangerman for this game?
James Hanson, been a revelation since signing in the summer with 5 goals already. Big, strong and always wins a header.
What do you think is a realistic aim for Town this season?
We have to be looking at the top half at the bare minimum.