History shows Grimsby Town won’t be promoted this season

rhys-oates-v-crewe-4x376-1928085_478x359Grimsby Town won’t be promoted this season if history is anything to go by. No team that’s completed 10 matches without winning four games has gone up as Champions in the Conference – and Town’s draw at Halifax means they’ve only managed to gain maximum points on three occasions. Of course records are made to be broken and there’s still a long way to go, but this will now have to be a record breaking season if the Mariners are to reach the Holy Grail of promotion back into the Football League. Continue reading

Match report: Grimsby Town 0 Torquay United 2

photo 2One step forward, two steps back. If Gateshead and Alfreton showcased an attacking Grimsby Town, a team that got in people’s faces and dictated the tempo of the match, this was the complete opposite. It was slow, turgid, sloppy…everything the previous couple of home performances wasn’t. Players made costly mistakes, chances were missed and two potentially serious injuries were picked up leaving Ross Hannah as the only fit forward left. It also once again highlights the fact Paul Hurst spends too much time worrying about other sides’ tactics than his own, which continues to be baffling. Continue reading

Grimsby’s goal glut – Town match goals scored in previous 14 matches over one glorious weekend

photo13 goals in two games is a pretty remarkable haul by anyone’s standards, but particularly for a Grimsby Town team that’s not fired on all cylinders for a while now. It took 180 minutes for the Mariners to hit the net 13 times over the weekend, a huge change in fortune for a side that’s struggled to score goals in recent months. Town’s previous 13 goals had been spread across 14 games – including three matches this season and the Play Off games at the end of the last campaign – and even that run includes the 3-3 draw at Alfreton. Continue reading

Match report: Grimsby Town 7 Alfreton Town 0 #gtfc

photoWhat a difference a week makes. If Dover was slow and turgid and it was difficult to see where a goal would come from, 13 goals in the space of 72 hours (and let’s be fair, it could easily have been 20) has completely turned things around. The ‘Hurst out’ brigade are strangely quiet and suddenly everyone’s favourite player is Lenell John-Lewis. Football fans ain’t half a fickle bunch. Truth be told, Grimsby despatched an extremely poor Alfreton side in some style. It was a complete performance – they played great football, defended well and the midfield duo of Brown and Clay dominated the pitch. The visitors were poor, but Town would have destroyed any Conference side yesterday. They were that good. Continue reading

Match report – Grimsby Town 1 Dover Athletic 1

photoLet’s not beat about the bush, it was poor. Three games have gone this season and Town have regressed since that encouraging opening match at Bristol Rovers. Defensively they look solid, but once they pass the halfway line Town are one-paced, predictable and lack quality in the final third. The Mariners had enough chances to win two games, but that would have been harsh on a plucky Dover side that deserved their point. Town are currently playing too deep, leaving John-Lewis isolated and without any midfield runners. It’s flat and the fans are getting restless. We know how that usually ends. Continue reading