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Grimsby vs Lincoln City: Mariners set for same again

By This is Grimsby  |  Posted: December 30, 2012

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Grimsby are expected to name an unchanged starting line-up for the return clash with local rivals Lincoln.

The Mariners won 4-1 at Sincil Bank on Boxing Day to stretch their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions and, after the postponement of Saturday's scheduled game at Mansfield, are chasing a fifth straight win on New Year's Day.

Grimsby are without loan stars Ross Hannah and Scott Neilson, who have returned to respective parent clubs Bradford and Crawley, but made light work of the Imps without the pair last time out.

Joe Colbeck is expected to continue in place of winger Neilson while Greg Pearson will lead the line in the absence of Hannah, for whom Grimsby have made a third offer to Bradford to sign on a permanent basis.

Joint managers Paul Hurst and Rob Scott must decide whether to retain Ian Miller at the heart of defence or recall Stuart Pearson, who has recovered from illness.

Lincoln manager David Holdsworth must decide whether to recall leading goalscorer Jamie Taylor.

Holdsworth dropped Taylor to the substitutes' bench for Saturday's draw with Gateshead and recalled Colin Larkin while fellow forward Connor Robinson staked his claim for a place in the starting line-up with the 89th-minute equaliser.

Holdsworth must also decide whether to retain David Preece in the side after the former Barnsley goalkeeper made his full debut on Saturday in place of Paul Farman.

Defender Dan Gray is battling to shake off a knock sustained in the Boxing Day defeat to Grimsby and if he fails to make it Paul Robson will continue at right-back.

Midfielder Nicky Nicolau is hoping to win back his place in midfield after making way for David Morgan at the weekend as the Imps chase only their second win in their last eight matches.

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