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Preview: Grimsby V Robins

2 February 2018

Match Previews

Preview: Grimsby V Robins

2 February 2018

Cheltenham Town make the long journey north to face Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

The Robins drew with Barnet last weekend at the LCI Rail Stadium and will now be aiming to return to winning ways at Blundell Park.

The Mariners are on a ten game winless run, that saw them lost 2-0 to Yeovil in midweek when they had two plays dismissed.

The teams – who are locked together in the league standings – fought out a five-goal thriller when they met in Cheltenham in October with the visitors taking the three points.

The Opposition:

Grimsby boss Russell Slade will demand a reaction from his side after they were humbled at Yeovil on Tuesday night.

The Mariners started well but were forced to play almost the whole game with 10 men - and the last half-hour with nine - after Mitch Rose was sent off with just five minutes on the clock and Karleigh Osborne followed him in being shown the red card.

“It was a really, really difficult night for us," reflected Slade. “As a manager I could see that we would have had every chance of winning a football match.

“I’m really not sure about the first one (Rose’s dismissal), he’s very quick to get his red card out. Second one as well (Osborne’s sending off), two yellows, the second yellow for Karleigh has really squashed us. It’s hard enough with 10, to go to nine is near enough impossible.

“It is frustrating because it is a game that we could have taken some points .”

Team News:

Cheltenham team news: Manager Gary Johnson is hopeful that striker Sanmi Odelusi could play a part after injuring himself in the New Year win at Colchester. Defender Joe Rodon and midfielder Jake Andrews could be selected after making deadline day moves. Jordan Cranston and Jordon Forster are set for a return to training but remain some way of playing returns.

Grimsby team news: The Mariners could select deadline day recruits Easah Suliman and Simoen Jackson after they both agreed loan moves.

The man in the middle:

Referee David Webb – who has taken charge of 30 games this season and handed out 99 yellow cards and five red cards - will take charge of the league clash at Blundell Park. He will be assisted by Ian Dudley and Christopher Ward. Andrew Hendley will be the fourth official.

Last time we met:

17/09/17 – Cheltenham 2-3 Grimsby (L2)

17/04/17 – Cheltenham 2-1 Grimsby (L2)

22/09/16 – Grimsby 0-1 Cheltenham (L2)

01/04/16 – Cheltenham 3-1 Grimsby (NL)

30/09/15 – Grimsby 0-1 Cheltenham (NL)

Ticket Information:

Tickets for this match at Blundell Park are on sale from our Ticket Office on Friday until 1pm.

Prices from our office can be seen below and please note that there will be a £2 increase if purchased on the day at the stadium.

  • Adults - £18
  • Seniors (65+) - £11
  • Students (with valid NUS card) - £11
  • Young Adult (15-18) - £11
  • Juniors Accompanied (14 and under) - £5
  • Juniors Unaccompanied (14 and under) - £7

Wheelchair tickets can be bought directly from the Grimsby Ticket Office by calling 01472 605050.

We also a double decker bus going to Grimsby, that will leave at 9.15am, with places available now:

  • Members: £18 adults, £16 concessions
  • Non-members: £20 adults, £18 concessions

For further information call the Ticket Office at the LCI Rail Stadium on 01242 573558 (option 1) or email via

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