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Tue Nov 28

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Flackwell Heath (A)
Tue Nov 28 19:45
The Vanarama National League South

Preview: Grimsby Town

A look ahead to tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup tie.


In what is arguably Slough Town’s biggest game for some time, the Rebels face last season's Emirates FA Cup quarter-finalists, Grimsby Town in the First Round tomorrow at Arbour Park, writes Freddie Gatrell.

Grimsby Town have had a very difficult start to their campaign in EFL League Two, residing in 21st position in the table, with a record of 3 wins, 5 draws, and 8 defeats. The Mariners have failed to win a game for more than a month, with their last win coming against Barrow at the beginning of October, courtesy of goals from Danny Rose and Donovan Wilson. They have lost their previous 5 matches and will, therefore, be a side which is hungry to taste victory again.

After their most recent league defeat against Doncaster Rovers, the previous manager, Paul Hurst was relieved of his managerial duties, leaving Grimsby now without a permanent manager.

While the Mariners are in the market for a new manager, Ben Davies and Shaun Pearson have taken interim charge at the Lincolnshire club, with their first game at the helm coming against the Rebels. Both are ex-professional footballers with many years of experience. They will be hoping they can turn around the fortunes of the Mariners, who have only picked up 3 wins over 20 matches this season.

Scott Davies and his men will be hopeful that they can capitalize on this uncertainty and summon some FA Cup magic. This is also the first time the clubs have ever met in all competitions, with Grimsby having to make the grueling 200-mile journey down to Berkshire for the very first time.

There is no doubt in the quality within Grimsby’s ranks, perhaps no more so than Sudanese winger, Abo Eisa, who joined the Mariners in June this year. The 27-year-old will prove to be a difficult customer should he make an appearance against the Rebels, with the left winger’s 5 goals this season a respectable figure for a team struggling for form. The right-footed wide man will have to be well marshalled by the Slough defence, after contributing 30% of all of Grimsby’s goals this campaign; he will likely be their most threatening attacking outlet.

But Grimsby will be a test Scott Davies’ men will relish, with the Mariners eager to return to winning ways and repeat their own FA Cup magic, having reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season, beating sides such as Luton Town and Southampton on the way, before eventually bowing out against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The sell-out clash will kick off at Arbour Park at 2pm tomorrow afternoon, with supporters unable to attend encouraged to follow along live, with commentary available on Rebels Radio and BBC Radio Berkshire, as well as live match updates available on social media.


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