Date: 1st September 2017 at 4:11pm
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Tomorrow we have our second away game of the season with a trip to Cleethorpes to play Grimsby Town. In the season so far, they have won at Chesterfield 3-1 on the opening day whilst lost home games with Coventry City and Wycombe Wanderers either side of a defeat at Stevenage. In the cups, they were defeated by Derby in the EFL Cup before a penalty defeat against Doncaster on Tuesday night.

During the summer, they have made 10 permanent signings with goalkeeper Ben Killip arriving from Norwich City whilst defenders Nathan Clarke, Karleigh Osborne and Paul Dixon have joined from Coventry, Kilmarnock and Dundee United respectively. In midfield, they have been boosted by the arrivals of Siriki Dembele, Sam Kelly, Mitch Rose and Martyn Woolford who have come in from the Nike Academy, Port Vale, Newport County and Fleetwood Town (Woolford`s transfer occurring yesterday during deadline day) whilst up front JJ Hooper has also joined from Port Vale along with Reading`s Harry Cardwell. Winger Diallang Jaiyesimi and striker Jamille Matt have also arrived on season-long loans this month.

Crewe Alexandra Team News:

George Ray and James Jones still missing whilst Perry Ng, Michael Raynes and Chris Porter. Loanees Sam Stubbs and Conor Grant could make their debuts having arrived this week.

Grimsby Town Team News:

Midfielder (and former Crewe trialist) Jamey Osbourne and striker Akwasi Asante will miss out tomorrow whilst fellow forward Scott Vernon is a doubt for the game. Jamille Matt and Martyn Woolford could come in for their debuts.

Last Time Out:

Crewe Alexandra 5-0 Grimsby Town, 11th February 2017

Crewe Alexandra got their biggest win of last season in the corresponding fixture in February. George Cooper opened the scoring in the 2nd minute of the game having exchanged passes with Middlesbrough loanee Callum Cooke before Chris Dagnall volleyed the Alex into a 2-goal lead after a free-kick from Ben Garratt was flicked on by Jordan Bowery. Cooper added his second of the game from a free-kick and a fourth goal of the first half would be scored as Dagnall turned in a Cooper left-wing cross at the back post. Sub Callum Ainley found Cooke on the edge of the area to add the fifth goal of the game with 3 minutes to go.

Crewe: Garratt; Turton, Ray ©, Nugent, Guthrie (Bakayago 77); Jones, Hollands, Cooke; Dagnall (Ainley 84), Bowery, Cooper (Kiwomya 83)


Looking back through the archives, the 2 clubs have met 60 times with Grimsby edging the head-to-head having 23 wins to 22 with 15 draws. The biggest win for Crewe was the 5-0 victory mentioned above whilst Grimsby`s biggest win came in March 1956 with a 5-1 win at Blundell Park.