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PREVIEW | Rovers U18s v Grimsby U18s

31 March 2023


PREVIEW | Rovers U18s v Grimsby U18s

31 March 2023

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Due to heavy rainfall affecting the pitch in Grimsby on Friday March 31, the EFL have agreed for Rovers to host the Youth Alliance League fixture on Saturday April 1, 2023.

It will be the third time the two sides have met this season, with the previous two games resulting in a win each - the match will also be Rovers’ second meeting with the Mariners in just 12 days.

Frank Sinclair’s side will therefore be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 4-1 defeat last time around in Lincolnshire, when Faris Khan got on the scoresheet, and kick off the merit league in style.

The Mariners finished the regular season with an identical record to Rovers – 11 wins, three draws and six losses – but with a five greater goal difference, Grimsby pipped the youth team to third place on the final day.

Averaging just over two-goals per game throughout the season, Grimsby have enjoyed yet another successful campaign, having finished in second place last term, and are still in contention to go one better this time.

In cup football though, Town haven’t enjoyed as much success. They exited the EFL Youth Alliance Cup in the group stages and lost out 1-0 to Crewe Alexandra in the second round of the FA Youth Cup.

The visitors will however go into the tie full of confidence, having found some strong form to round out the regular season – winning four and drawing one of their last six.

Wins against Rovers, Mansfield Town and Huddersfield Town were accompanied by a derby day victory over Scunthorpe United, and a point at home against Lincoln City - only falling to defeat at the hands of league leaders, Harrogate Town.

Sinclair’s side will also head into the game needing no encouragement for victory as they look to take revenge for last time out.

Rovers’ last nine games see six wins in their favour, three of those against teams in the Champions Merit League, so they will go into the game full of confidence of their own.

The youth team finished the regular season nine points off the summit of the league table and they will now face Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Burton Albion, Bradford City and Harrogate Town - looking to finish the campaign on a high.

Captain Jak Whiting is suspended for the tie after a red card in Rovers' last league game against Grimsby. 

The game will take place on the 3G pitch at the Eco-Power Stadium on Saturday April 1, 2023, with an 11am kick-off.

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