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PREVIEW | Grimsby Borough (A)

A tough trip to the seaside awaits the Bulls as the search for a crucial third league win of the season continues.

AFC return to league action after more than three weeks, as two consecutive NCEL Premier Division fixtures - at home to Maltby Main and away at Albion Sports - were called off due to the weather.

If results go the right way, the Bulls could rise as high as 15th with a surprise win over the clear favourites.

Kick-off at the Bradley Football Development Centre is 3pm.


Last Time Out

Despite going ahead early on, Matt Chatfield's side were dumped out of the Buildbase FA Vase on Tuesday night by Notts rivals Newark Flowserve, who deservedly went on to head into the fourth round after floodlight failure almost caused the game to be postponed for a second time.

Skipper Phil Buxton laced a beauty of a half-volley into the top corner on six minutes, fittingly on his 300th appearance for the club, as the Bulls enjoyed a bright start.

But the lead would only last a total of ten minutes, as Jamie Lloyd tucked home on the end of a fine counter-attacking move, just moments after Ross Duggan had the ball in the net only to be flagged for offside.

After the break the Highwaymen came out with all guns blazing, and target man Ben Hutchinson nodded home a precise corner at the back stick to put the visitors into the lead before Josh Meadows' late close-range finish sealed the deal for Newark.


The Opposition

Still without a league win since August, there would probably be a better time to make the journey up to third-placed Grimsby, who have won five home games out of six in the NCEL Premier Division.

Borough have soared over the past year, sitting in the promotion spots despite only coming up from Division One as champions this season.

With just 17 league goals to their name this season, AFC face the ultimate test against the division's top scorers - the Wilderness Men have 40 in the bag already.

But despite the free scoring, the goals are fairly evenly distributed; Lewis Bemrose, Jack Bradbury, Adam Drury and Josh Venney all have at least five to their name, with Drury top of the pops with six.


Team News

Midfielder Jamie McGuire continues to sit on the sidelines as he serves the second of his minimum three-game suspension.

Besides Nicky Darker who took a small knock, the Bulls squad from Tuesday suffered few injury problems and may well be the same on Saturday.


Directions and Admission

The Bradley Football Development Centre

Bradley Road


DN37 0AG

Adults | £6

Concessions | £4


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