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Match details: Grimsby Town versus Torquay United
Venue: Blundell Park, Cleethorpes
Date: Saturday 23rd April 2022
Current Form (last six):
Grimsby: L, W, W, D, W, W
Torquay: L, W, W, W, W, D
Grimsby: John McAtee (13)
Torquay: Armani Little (14)
Grimsby fact file:
Year founded: 1878
Nickname: The Mariners
Last season’s league finish: 24th League Two
Division Two/Division One/Championship:
Winners: 1900-01, 1933-34
Division Three/Division Two/League One:
Division Three North:
Winners: 1925-26, 1955-56
Division Four/Division Three/League Two:
Football League Trophy:
Manager: Paul Hurst
After leading the Mariners to promotion to the Football League in the 2015-16 season, Paul Hurst is aiming to repeat the feat in his second spell in charge at Blundell Park following their relegation from League Two at the end of the 2020-21 campaign. Hurst guided Grimsby to promotion via the Play-offs against Forest Green Rovers in 2016 in the same season, 12 months after they lost on penalties to Bristol Rovers at the same stage, before going on to take charge of Shrewsbury Town, Ipswich Town and Scunthorpe United. He returned to Blundell Park in December 2020, but was unable to prevent the Mariners from being relegated from League Two.
Player to watch: Jordan Maguire-Drew
After starting his career with Brighton and Hove Albion, Jordan Maguire-Drew first made his name during a loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge in the 2016-17 season, where he scored 16 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions. Further loan spells followed with Lincoln City, Coventry City and Wrexham before he joined Leyton Orient in January 2019. He helped Orient win the National League title in 2018-19 and was later loaned to Crawley Town in the 2020-21 campaign. After leaving Orient, Maguire-Drew became one of a host of new signings made by Alan Dowson in the summer of 2021.
He made the move to the Mariners in November 2021, and has netted four goals in 13 National League appearances.
Date of Birth: 19th September 1997 – 24 years-old
Former Clubs: Brighton, Dagenham, Lincoln, Coventry, Wrexham, Leyton Orient, Crawley, Woking
National League Stats 21-22: Played 20, Goals 5, Yellows/Reds 3/0
Grimsby: Michee Efete
Last meeting: – 11th September 2021, Torquay United 1 Grimsby Town 3
Despite leading through Armani Little’s third goal in two games in the eleventh minute, Torquay United’s hit-and-miss start to the season continued when they lost for the third successive home game against Grimsby Town.
Little’s free-kick set the Gulls on their way, but the visitors overturned their early deficit as Michee Efete and Giles Coke netted their first goals for the Mariners before Harry Clifton struck late on to seal the result.
Torquay United (4-4-2): Halstead; Wynter, Lewis, Omar, Moxey (Martin 46); Lemonheigh-Evans, Johnson, Hall, Little (O’Connell 51); Lemonheigh-Evans Holman (Lolos 62), Wright
Grimsby Town (4-4-2): McKeown; Efete, Waterfall, Towler, Crookes; Sousa (Wright 73), Coke, Hunt (Fox 73), Clifton; McAtee (Essel 90+7), Taylor
Jordan Cropper – Luke Waterfall – Andy Smith – Danny Amos
Ben Fox – Harry Clifton
Jordan Maguire-Drew – John McAtee – Max Wright
Torquay United (3-5-2):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Dean Moxey
Chiori Johnson – Stephen Duke-McKenna – Armani Little – Tom Lapslie – Dan Martin
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Danny Wright