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Grimsby v Chesterfield Preview

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 22/08/2008

GRIMSBY will be endeavouring to show the watching world, and especially their supporters, that last week's mauling at Brentford was a statistical blip rather than a symptom of a deep problem with the squad.

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The Opposition


Chesterfield were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion last season and got off to a good start, regularly finding themselves in the top three. However a poor run in spring saw them fall away from the promotion places, and they finished the season in a disappointing 9th spot. Lee Richardson's (left) side lost their opening game at home to Bury, but since then have won away at Barnet and lie in a mid-table position.

The Team
Chesterfield are once again amongst the pre-season favourites. The Spireites have made a few changes during the summer. However the loss of influential centre back Nicos Kovacs to Lincoln City and midfielder Peter Leven to MK Dons will surely be a blow. Arriving at Saltergate to join a small squad are veteran defenders Kevin Austin and Robert Page alongside ex-Port Vale midfielder Paul Harsley (left).

One to Watch
Jamie Ward. Chesterfield fought off League One side Northampton in the summer who wanted to sign Ward. USA-born Ward normally partners Jack Lester in Chesterfield's side, but can also play as an attacking midfielder. The 24-year-old has had a career interrupted by injuries so far but is still highly rated.

Recent Form

Currently 17th in League Two.
Currently 10th in League Two.

Team News


  • Defender Robbie Stockdale (calf) is still ruled out and Richard Hope is also very doubtful. That's likely to mean a start for Ryan Bennett, and possibly Jamie Clarke starting at right back, the position he was originally signed to play in.

  • Danny Boshell (ankle) played in the reserve friendly in midweek and is likely to feature.
  • Top scorer Jack Lester and the Mariners once again fail to cross paths as Lester is injured and will not feature in the game.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24GKLeigh Overton
    1GKTommy Lee
    2DFPhil Picken
    3DFGregor Robertson
    4MFJamie Lowry
    5DFRobert Page
    6DFKevin Austin
    7FWJamie Ward
    8MFDerek Niven
    10MFDarren Currie
    11MFPaul Harsley
    12DFAlan Goodall
    14FWJack Lester
    15DFAaron Downes
    16MFJamie Winter
    17MFLloyd Kerry
    18DFDanny Hall
    20MFBenjamin Algar
    21MFDaniel Gray
    22GKDan Whatsize

    Head to Head

    Town have an excellent record against Chesterfield, especially recently. They did the double over them last season, and have won five out of the last eight games, losing just one.

    P 90 W 39 D 24 L27 F145 A 116

    Chesterfield Head-to-Head (21st on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 4 Chesterfield 1 (Sat 09th February 2008)

    A tremendous win in Town's purple patch in the middle part of last season saw them push towards a play-off place.



    A worthy win over Tranmere has got us all slightly optimistic. If the team can perform in any way the same then expect a result against a side still getting to know one another

    Grimsby 2 Chesterfield 1

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