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PREVIEW: GRIMSBY TOWN (H)

21 February 2019

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Swindon will look for their third win in three games as they host Grimsby at the County Ground on Saturday.

Both sides are level on 46 points in Sky Bet League Two following good spells in the league.

Richie Wellens’ side have only lost once in their last six, winning four, including back-to-back victories over play-off chasing MK Dons and Forest Green.

The win over Mark Cooper’s Rovers was Town’s first win at home in 2019 with Kaiyne Woolery and Theo Robinson providing the goals that day. 

Four days earlier, Michael Doughty bagged two goals, with Keshi Anderson contributing a fine effort too, in an impressive 3-2 win over the Dons. 

The Oppo

Grimsby’s form this season has been up and down, to say the least – the Mariners have won their last four, lost before that, and won the four before that. Michael Jolley’s side have only drawn four times all season.

Wes Thomas tops the goals for the Lincolnshire side with 11 to his name two of which came in the reverse fixture at Blundell Park, the start of a four-game winning streak for the Mariners.

Head-to-Head

Town’s last win against Saturday’s visitors came back in 2006 – Michael Pook, Andy Monkhouse and Lee Peacock were on the scoresheet that day.

Since Grimsby’s return to the EFL in 2017, Town haven’t been able to overcome them, losing each time the two have faced – all by a single goal.

17 Mar 2004       Swindon Town v Grimsby Town W            2-0          League Division 2

14 Oct 2006         Swindon Town v Grimsby Town W            3-0          League Two

17 Mar 2007       Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              1-0          League Two

21 Nov 2017        Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              3-2          League Two

21 Apr 2018        Swindon Town v Grimsby Town L              0-1          League Two

15 Dec 2018        Grimsby Town v Swindon Town L              2-1          League Two

The Gaffer

Michael Jolley has never played a professional football match and has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University. After graduating, Jolley worked for HSBC in London and New York before getting back in the professional game for the first time since he left Barnsley at the age of 16.

While obtaining a sports coaching diploma he managed the Stirling University side in 2008 before going onto Burnley Under-23s, AFC Eskilstuna and Grimsby in March of last year.


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