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PREVIEW | Grimsby Town v Yeovil Town

Glovers looking for first win on the road at Blundell Park

15 September 2017

Sam Surridge nets against Morecambe PPAUK

After back-to-back draws in Somerset, Yeovil are back on the road this weekend searching for their first away three points of the Sky Bet League Two season.

With Olufela Olomola out injured in midweek, Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge came in for his full debut and he rewarded Darren Way for picking him with Town’s second of the game – the first league goal of his career.

Francois Zoko was also on target in the 2-2 draw against Morecambe and with Southampton hotshot Olomola expected to recover in time for the trip to Grimsby Town, Way has a positive selection headache.

Brazilian midfield Alefe Santos also started for the first time in a green and white shirt and impressed alongside versatile defender Tom James who was selected at right-back.

Darren Way's side will be gunning to become the first Yeovil side to win an EFL game at Blundell Park. 

Former Glovers boss Russell Slade is in charge of Grimsby who picked up their third win on Tuesday at Accrington Stanley.

Midfielder Sam Jones is top of the Mariners’ goalscoring chart at present with three goals to his name. Yeovil fans will remember him for his performance at Blundell Park last term.

They also have the experienced Martyn Woolford at their disposal. The ex-Bristol City man scored in midweek and has played a vast amount of his career in the higher divisions.

Grimsby have lost three games at home this campaign in all competitions, drawing once in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Head-to-head
Town have faced Grimsby on four occasions in the EFL, winning just once (D1 L2).

That came in December 2004 where goals from Lee Johnson and Bartosz Tarachulski earned the Glovers a 2-1 victory.

Last term, the two teams played out a goalless draw at Huish Park before the Mariners won 4-2 at home.

Officials
Graham Horwood will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

The Bedfordshire-born official has refereed five games this season, dishing out 19 yellow cards but no reds.

He officiated three Town fixtures last term – defeats to Blackpool and Portsmouth as well as the final home game of the campaign against Stevenage.

He will be assisted by Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire) with Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire) acting as fourth official. 

Coverage
Darren Way and Jake Gray‘s pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full-time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Tickets
Fans can still buy tickets in advance in person at the ticket office, online or by phone on 01935 847888. Tickets are available on the day of the game but prices increase by £2.

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REPORT | Grimsby Town 2-1 Yeovil Town

Glovers come away from Blundell Park empty handed

16 September 2017

Alefe Santos attempts a pass at Grimsby PPAUK

Yeovil Town couldn’t pick up their first points on the road, suffering a 2-1 defeat at Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Inside the opening 10 minutes Danny Collins gave the Mariners the lead, before Francois Zoko notched his fifth goal of the season in some style to level it up on 21 minutes.

Having grown into the game before the break the Glovers were put under pressure after the restart, and Scott Vernon ensured all three points for the hosts with a header on 71 minutes. 

Darren Way made one change to the side that drew with Morecambe at Huish Park on Tuesday.

Aiming for defensive solidity on their travels, Bevis Mugabi came in for Otis Khan in a swap that saw Tom James move further forward into midfield.

The alteration saw the Glovers switch to a diamond in midfield, with James at the base and Alefe Santos at the tip behind the strike pairing of Zoko and Sam Surridge, who were both on the score sheet in midweek.

As a steady drizzle fell in Lincolnshire the hosts were quick to get on the front foot through a flurry of set-pieces.

Artur Krysiak was routinely called into action to claim Collins’ header following a James Berrett wide free-kick, before the combination combined more potently on eight minutes.

From a Berrett corner, Krysiak couldn’t connect with his deep delivery allowing Collins to head home at the back post.

A disappointing start was almost made worse when Martin Woolford unleashed a venomous effort from range five minutes later, but Town’s stopper was equal to the effort with a smart diving save.

Having survived the initial storm the Green and Whites started to contain their opponents, before punishing the Mariners with a devastating counter-attack. 

Picking up a loose ball, James Bailey instantly fed Surridge who’d arched a run in behind, which the Bournemouth loanee tried to shift onto his right foot.

Ricocheting off a home defender it kindly fell to Zoko who superbly curled a first-time effort past a hapless James McKeown from 20 yards to level the scores.

With Town’s diamond formation proving effective, Russell Slade’s side were only able to threaten Krysiak’s goal from set-pieces.

Just past the half-hour mark Nathan Clarke glanced a Woolford corner wide from close range, as he tried to join his defensive partner on the score sheet. 

Krysiak was called into action once more in the first-half to push Woolford’s low shot from the angle round the post, before the Glovers ended the half in the ascendency.

McKeown wasn’t to be tested, but both James and Santos were notably starting to pull the strings as both sides headed into the break.

However, having had the chance to speak to his players during the interval, Slade’s side came out reinvigorated in the second half. 

Exerting real pressure on the Glovers, the visitors were penned in as the game ticked past the hour mark, as the 3,900 home supporters grew in volume. 

Unable to make it stick up front, Town continued to concede territory and were punished with a little under 20 minutes remaining.

Paul Dixon’s deep free-kick was headed back across goal by Clarke which substitute Vernon pounced on to leave Krysiak with no chance.

Grimsby’s second saw Way introduce Khan and former Mariner Rhys Browne, as Town emptied their bench of attacking options in a bid to get back into the match.

With the clock ticking Jake Gray squandered a chance to level things up, slicing an effort wide after Khan had burst along the byline. 

That chance was soon followed up by Zoko heading into the arms of McKeown, as the Somerset outfit looked for a dramatic end to proceedings.

Despite a spell of pressure in the closing stages Town couldn’t trouble the Mariners further, forcing the wait for points on the road to continue. 

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Clarke, Collins, Dixon, Dembele (Kelly 82’), Berrett, Summerfield, Woolford, Jones (Cardwell 90'), Matt (Vernon 66’).
Bookings: Jones 26’
Subs not used: Killip, K. Osborne, Hooper, Jaiyesimi.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Nelson, N. Smith, Dickson, Gray, James (Khan 73’), Bailey, Santos (Green 68’), Surridge (Browne 81’), Zoko.
Bookings: N. Smith 39’
Subs not used: Maddison, Alfei, Worthington, C. Smith.

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TICKETS | Pay on the day at Grimsby

Price increase on the day at Blundell Park

15 September 2017

Outside of Grimsby Town's Blundell Park Shuttershock

Town fans can pay on the day at Grimsby Town this weekend (3pm).

The Glovers will be searching for their first away win of the campaign when they travel to Blundell Park for just the third time in the EFL.

Fans can purchase in advance online and by phone on 01935 847888, with prices increasing by £2 (apart from the two junior rates) on Saturday.

For more information on prices, head to the Away Tickets section.

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