Friday Jan 31, 2014
League action will take a back seat this weekend when the Lambs travel to Blundell Park for an FA Carlsberg Trophy quarter-final tie with fellow Conference outfit Grimsby Town.
The Lambs are just two wins away from a cup final clash under the Arch but must first overcome last year’s finalists.
Despite Dale Belford’s side currently sitting 21st in the Conference they have won two of their last four games and will be confident of a cup upset. The Lambs won the FA Vase 1989 and a win on Saturday will leave a two-legged Semi-Final all that stands between the Lambs and a trip to the home of English football.
Belford won’t be without injury concerns with Duane Courtney, Andy Haworth (both Hamstring) and Tony Capaldi (back) all listed as doubts heading into the tie. Meanwhile Connor Waldon on loan from Swindon Town will be cup tied along with new signing Chris Palmer.
The Mariners, who were denied by Wrexham in last season’s penalty shoot-out, are one of three other Skrill Conference sides still in the competition. The home side will be full of confidence leading into the tie after victory over fellow league highflyers Cambridge in midweek which ended their unbeaten home run. Having come out on top in both league fixtures with Tamworth this season, winning 3-1 and 2-0, the home side will be favourites heading into the tie.
Andy Cook will be in contention for Grimsby after Paul Hurst confirmed he will not be leaving on loan. With no injury headaches for Hurst the Grimsby boss has a full squad to choose from and with one eye on promotion back to the football league may make changes from the side that beat Cambridge last time out. Loanee Oumare Tounkara is expected to make his home debut for the Mariners
Preview written by Kieran Doody