GRIMSBY PREVIEWS / VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers required tomorrow
11th March 2013 2pm
We are asking for volunteers to clear snow from the pitch ahead of tomorrow night's eagerly awaited match at home to Grimsby Town.
Willing volunteers are asked to report at the main reception on Quarry Lane at 10am tomorrow morning and to ask for Mike Merriman, Head Groundsman. Brushes and wheelbarrows should be brought to help clear the snow from both the pitch and stands, if possible
11th March 2013 4pm
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Cox not looking beyond Grimsby clash
video interview: Paul Cox is speaking to our Head of Media & Communications Mark Stevenson
11th March 2013
Paul Cox said he and his players are focussing solely on tomorrow night's mouth-watering clash at home to Grimsby Town and wouldn't get drawn into discussing points targets ahead of a huge three matches for the club, at this morning's press meeting.
Cox's men face promotion rivals Grimsby, Forest Green and Wrexham in the space of a week in what some have described as a 'make or break' seven days for the Stags.
But Cox today insisted tomorrow's match would not define our season.
“All of our games from now until the end of the season are cup finals and you can't get bigger than a cup final,” he said.
“Whatever the result, and I'm sure Grimsby think the same, it wont define whether we get promoted or not. We're on a good run but at some point we'll lose or drop points, but so are the other teams at the top. It will be fine lines between now and the end of the season."
The game, however, has been cast into doubt following an inch of snow falling on the pitch.
“We've had a fair amount of snow, freezing temperatures, with more [snow] forecast this afternoon," Cox said.
"We'll do all we can to try and get the snow off the pitch and try and make sure this game will be played. We'll train and work like it's going to be on."
During today's press meeting, Cox made a point of praising the members of his squad who are on the edge of the starting 11 by stating that their attitude had pleased him more than some results this season.
“When we've gone away from home, some of the players who haven't been involved have wanted to come down and support the lads. The team spirit and camaraderie in the camp is excellent. That's tough, to sit on the outside of a team, especially one which is winning at the minute.
“It's hard to keep yourself motivated [if you're not playing] and that's a massive point that I want to get across: people like Ben Hutchinson, Ex (Geohaghon), Ritchie Sutton - these lads have trained exceptionally well and have shown me the hunger needed to get in the side. When these boys come in the dressing room, we're all as one and that pleases me more than some of the results we've had.”
In team news, Louis Briscoe should be back in contention for a place in the squad after suffering with a tight glute. But he faces a battle to get in the line up after an excellent performance by the returning Lindon Meikle
Stags wait on snow situation for big Grimsby game
chad.co.uk Monday 11 March 2013 11:53
Mansfield Town can only sit and wait on the weather as they prepare for their massive home clash with Grimsby Town tomorrow (7.45pm).
The One Call Stadium pitch was under a coating of snow today with more heavy snow forecast and sub-zero overnight temperatures for the second successive night ahead.
Stags went joint top after Saturday's 4-1 home win over Stockport County and tomorrow's scheduled match sees them start a run of three crucial games against title rivals inside eight days.
“It is in the lap of the gods right now,” said manager Paul Cox. “The pitch is covered in snow. That can be moved, but then it's the temperatures we have to deal with.
“I will leave the pitch to the professionals and we will train as usual and prepare as if the game is definitely on.”
With Grimsby already catching up on a fixture on Stags' one spare Tuesday, a postponement would probably mean the game having to be played on a Thursday.
With 11 games to go and a handful of clubs in with a shout of the title, Cox admitted it looked set to be a thrilling end to the season.
“All our games now are cup finals, and you can't get bigger than a cup final,” he said. “It is human nature to look at the fixtures beyond Grimsby.
“But all we can do is concentrate on our most important fixture, which is the next game. We will tick Grimsby off and then look at the next one.
“The season will be over in the blink of an eye and we will either be celebrating or planning for another season in this division.
“Win, lose or draw against Grimsby, the result won't decide if we get promotion or not. We are on a good run, but at some point we will lose a football match or drop points.
“So will all the other teams at the top. No one can carry on their runs. It is going to be fine lines.”
Grimsby arrive with the best defensive record in the division, having let in just 27 goals in 34 games.
But Cox wasn't worried, adding: “We won't be doing anything differently. We are playing with confidence and a little bit of flair, especially at home, and look like a side that is going to score goals. So we are confident, but keepings things level.
“Grimsby are a big club. They had a bad result at the weekend and, knowing their players, they will want to put that right. They will also bring a tremendous support here with them.
“But, if we give a good account of ourselves, we have a good chance of a winning a football match.”
As well as Craig Disley, among the Mariners' squad making a return will be ex-Stag Tom Naylor and Cox said: “Tom was a good servant to this club and he is a lovely lad.
“I don't know if he will be cheered or booed. But I will speak to him before the game and have a cup of tea with him afterwards. For the 90 minutes we will be enemies.
Louis Briscoe missed Saturday's game with a tight glute muscle, but Cox is hopeful his star winger will be fit again to face Grimsby.
“I think Louis will be fine,” said Cox. “It is a not a bad injury. We brought him off against Woking and gave him a complete weekend off knowing he should then be all right for the Tuesday, Friday, Tuesday fixtures.”
Grimsby Town's clash at Mansfield is an all-ticket affair
Monday, March 11, 2013
GRIMSBY Town supporters have until 3pm tomorrow to buy their tickets for the crunch Blue Square Bet Premier clash at Mansfield.
So far, 600 tickets out of the 1,400 allocation have been snapped up, and any remaining unsold beyond tomorrow's cut-off point will be sent back to the Stags.
No tickets will be available at Field Mill on the evening of the match and fans will be unable to pay at the turnstiles.
Read more: http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/story-18382984-detail/story.html#ixzz2NFeAL7RP
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