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Match preview: Grimsby Town vs Stags

31 December 2018

Stags travel to face Grimsby Town on New Year's Day for our latest fixture in Sky Bet League Two (1pm kick-off). Here's all you need to know ahead of the clash...

Stags will be without the duo of Alex MacDonald and David Mirfin, as the pair continue their recoveries from knee injuries.

Striker Craig Davies will also miss the game because of an ankle injury.

Goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik will be absent, after he was ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament rupture last week.

The Mariners will be without defender Alex Whitmore, who was sent off in Grimsby's latest fixture against Exeter City. Long-term absentee Elliott Whitehouse will also miss out.

Stags stretched the unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to 16 matches at the weekend with a 0-0 draw against Swindon Town at One Call Stadium. Saturday's draw came after three successive league wins against Notts County, Stevenage and Bury.

Grimsby come into Tuesday's game in fine form, having won four successive matches in Sky Bet League Two.



We last faced Grimsby in November, recording a 2-1 win courtesy of a second half brace by in-form striker Tyler Walker.

The referee for Tuesday's match will be Matthew Donohue, assisted by Geoffrey Liddle and Stephen Wade. The fourth official will be Samuel Barrott.

Stags have received an allocation of 1,062 tickets for the clash.

Stags' supporters can now only 'pay on the day' at Grimsby for tickets, due to our ticket office and club shop being closed until 10am on Thursday 03 January.

Prices for tickets purchased at Grimsby are as follows:

Category Price
Adults £21
Senior (65+) £14
Students (NUS) £14
Young adult
(Accompanied 14
and under)

Parking is extremely limited around Blundell Park. Supporters are advised to arrive early and use the local street parking. Please be aware though that some areas close to the ground have match day parking restrictions.

There is the usual food on offer inside the ground, and there are fully-stocked bars throughout the ground. The Mariners Trust run bars which are situated at the back of the Osmond Stand (inside the ground for away fans). Grimsby and Cleethorpes is renowned for its fish and chips, and the County Fish & Chip shop on Grimsby Road is just a short walk from Blundell Park.

You can follow the game live via our Twitter updates, which can be found at The match centre on the website will also contain Opta-populated updates, which can be found here.

iFollow Stags subscribers can listen to full-match commentary of the match courtesy of Martin Shaw and Dean Foulkes by logging into

A match report will be available to view on our website shortly after the full-time whistle, and full post-match reaction will be available for iFollow Stags subscribers by logging in through the aforementioned link.

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