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19 November 2021 Venue Blundell Park Attendance

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ONES TO WATCH - GRIMSBY TOWN (A)

19 November 2021

In what is a bit of a rarity these days, Blues are in action on a Friday night away at Grimsby Town later on hoping to return to winning ways.

The Mariners were relegated alongside Blues last season, and we have picked out three players from the Blundell Park outfit who could cause a threat to Kevin Maher’s side.

John McAtee

Grimsby’s main threat is arguably John McAtee. The former Scunthorpe man joined the Mariners in the summer and has so far scored six goals in 12 starts. However, McAtee picked up a knee injury and has not featured since a 2-0 win vs Yeovil, with the Cleethorpes-based side losing every game since. Local media have reported the influential striker is back on the training pitch, though Friday’s game could be too soon for him to feature.

James McKeown

Goals have been hard to come by so far this season for Blues, with the Essex side failing to score in eight games so far. One man who will look to continue that record is Grimsby ‘keeper James McKeown. The 32-year-old has been with the Mariners since 2011 and has featured in over 500 games in that time. This season, McKeown has six clean sheets, the third highest in the league.

Will Bapaga

The young 19-year-old is currently on loan from Championship side Coventry City and has featured in nine games so far this season. Bapaga is the fifth-youngest player to make their senior debut for the Sky Blues and has been tipped for the top by former coaches. With two goals to his name, the youngster did not feature in the Mariners’ 2-1 defeat to Aldershot last week and so could look set for a return to the side.

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MATCH REPORT: GRIMSBY 1-0 SOUTHEND

19 November 2021

Southend United fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Grimsby Town at Blundell Park with Ryan Taylor’s early goal the difference between the two sides.

Taylor scored what turned out to be the winner in just the third minute after Harry Clifton’s cross from the left found its way to the Mariners number 29 who rolled it beyond Steve Arnold to secure Grimsby their first win in their last five games.

Blues lacked the cutting edge needed to find an equaliser, with efforts from Louis Walsh in the first-half and Jason Demetriou in the second the best they could muster as Kevin Maher’s side fell to a third straight defeat ahead of the visit of Maidenhead United on Tuesday night.

Under the lights at Blundell Park and live on BT Sport, Blues made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Woking last time out with Nathan Ferguson, Will Atkinson and Louis Walsh coming into a rejigged midfield in place of Harry Phillips, Sam Dalby and the injured Jack Bridge.

This evening’s hosts also made three changes and, despite sitting third in the table, were in a sticky run of form which had seen them lose all of their last four outings, but they got off to a flyer as Ryan Taylor put the home side in front inside the opening three minutes.

Harry Clifton’s cross from the left-hand side wasn’t dealt with by those in yellow, allowing Erico Sousa to tee the ball back to Taylor who rolled it past Steve Arnold in the Southend goal to open the scoring.

It was a nightmare start for Kevin Maher’s side and if it wasn’t for a superb tackle by Atkinson just five minutes later it could have been worse with the dangerous Sousa finding space over the far side only for his effort to be brilliantly charged down by the Southend midfielder.

After a difficult start, Blues responded and responded well with Walsh forcing an excellent reaction save out of James McKeown. The midfielder’s shot towards McKeown’s near-post took a wicked deflection before being parried away by the Mariners goalkeeper.

Southend controlled large portions of the possession from that point on but were unable to force McKeown into any further action. Instead, Paul Hurst’s side looked the more likely to grab a second with efforts from Sousa, Clifton and Taylor all going close before the interval.

Early in the second-half and Zak Brunt went close for the visitors after receiving the ball on the edge of the Grimsby box, fizzing a shot just over the crossbar. Grimsby responded in kind with Sousa having an effort blocked before playing in Clifton who struck the side netting.

Maher was first to utilise his bench, bringing on Terrell Egbri to replace James Dunne with Brunt pushing further forward, but it was the Mariners that continued to have the better of the chances, the best of which falling to Shaun Pearson who headed a Grimsby corner against the bar.

With time ebbing away, Southend carved out a couple of half-chances with Jason Demetriou winning the ball on the edge of the box only to fire over the crossbar. Grimsby though were able to stave off the Blues’ advances as they picked up the three points.

Grimsby Town XI: McKeown, Efete, Crookes, Fox, Pearson, Waterfall, Coke (C), Clifton, Sousa (Revan 90+1), Hunt (McAtee 78’), Taylor. Subs Not Used: Bapaga, Longe-King, Towler

Blues XI: Arnold, Hobson, Dunne (Egbri 65’), Murphy, Ferguson, Walsh (Dalby 90+4’), Atkinson (Dennis 86’), Lopata, Demetriou, Brunt, White (C). Subs Not Used: Phillips, Sayers

Referee: Jacob Miles

Assistants: Timothy Walker & Daniel Robinson

Fourth Official: Dean Watson

Scorers:

Grimsby Town: Ryan Taylor 3’

Southend United: None

Yellow Cards:

Grimsby Town: None

Southend United: Nathan Ferguson 77’, Terrell Egbri 90+1’

Attendance: 5,836 (214 Away)

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AWAY TICKETS: GRIMSBY TOWN

16 November 2021

Ticket information for Southend United’s away game against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park on Friday November 19 (7.45pm kick-off).

We have received 350 tickets initially for this National League fixture which are being sold via the Blues Box Office.

Tickets will come off sale on Thursday November 18 at midday. Adult and concession ticket prices will increase by £2 on the day of the game - juniors stay the same.

Supporters who purchase tickets for this game will receive 50 away ticket scheme points.

Following consultation, for supporters’ ease tickets will go straight to general sale for this game.

Ticket Prices

Adults - £20

Seniors (65+) - £13

Young Adult (15-18) - £13

Students (with valid NUS card) - £13

Juniors Unaccompanied (12-17) - £7

Juniors Accompanied (3-17 years) - £5

U3 – Free (not available online)

Wheelchair and carer tickets can book by calling 01474 605050 (option 4). Ambulant disabled will purchase the relevant age category.

How To Buy

Tickets will be available on the phone (0344 477 0077), in person and online.

Coach Travel Information

For Grimsby travel information please click here.

For the Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions please click here.

 

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