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Since we last met....Grimsby Town

10 April 2023

Club News

Since we last met....Grimsby Town

10 April 2023

Rovers are back on home soil this Easter Bank Holiday Monday as they entertain Paul Hurst’s Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Danny Schofield’s side will be looking to round out the Easter games programme with three points to head into the remainder of the season. 

The last meeting: 

Rovers ran out 3-1 winners on the Lincolnshire coast when the two sides met at Blundell Park in front of a sold-out away end in November 2022. 

Leading goal scorer George Miller opened the scoring early on before sandwiching Harrison Biggins’ second-half wonder strike with a second to secure his brace. 

Luton Town loanee, John McAtee then scored a consolation with ten minutes to go but Rovers ultimately claimed the three points on the road. 

Grimsby’s recent form: 

Prior to the Easter weekend, the Mariners were winless in five matches having started that run with a 5-0 demolition at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup Quarter Finals. 

Back in league action, Grimsby followed that up with three consecutive draws, one being goalless and the other two ending 1-1 as Bryn Morris scored against Walsall and Harry Clifton against Crawley Town. 

Town then lost at play-off contenders Bradford City despite Gavan Holohan and Andrew John Smith putting the visitors ahead at the break. 

On Good Friday their winless run continued with a 4-1 defeat at home to resurgent Hartlepool United. Michee Efete had equalised after the break for the Mariners but Hartlepool surged clear. 

Key men: 

Harry Clifton has had a heavy impact on the goals scored by the Mariners this season with his 13 goal contributions in all competitions. 

The 24-year-old midfielder joined the club at U10s level to graduate from the Grimsby Town academy in 2015 and, after a spell on loan at Grantham Town, has eventually pinned down a place in the first team. 

Clifton made his debut in the Papa John’s Trophy against Rovers in 2017 and the former Wales U21 international has become a vital player on the front foot. 

Another player to score vital goals for the Mariners since his arrival on the east coast is 31-year-old Irishman Gavan Holohan. 

After spells in the League of Ireland, and time with Hartlepool United, the midfield signed a two-year deal for Grimsby Town in March 2022. 

He made an instant impact, scoring in stoppage time to send an eventually successful play-off semi-final against Notts County to extra time, and recently scored two penalties at St Mary’s Stadium to see Grimsby progress into the FA Cup Quarter Finals. 

Anthony Driscoll-Glennon currently leads the club’s assists charts with nine and has also added three goals from left back to total 12 goal contributions this term. 

The 23-year-old started his youth journey with Liverpool and ended it at Burnley before signing a professional contract with the Clarets in 2019. 

In 2020, Driscoll-Glennon joined Grimsby on loan and spent another temporary spell at Barrow last season before re-joining the Mariners on a permanent basis upon their return to the EFL last summer.

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