We preview Saturday's first ever home game against the Mariners...
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 28th January 2017
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Saturday is a Category A game so in-advance prices range from £4 to £22. Tickets are available for all areas of the ground at in-advance prices until 5pm on Friday in the club shop or online at www.borotickets.co.uk until 11.59pm on Friday.
Home tickets will also be available on all cash turnstiles on Saturday at the below match day prices. Any remaining away tickets will be on sale to visitors to the Stevenage FC ticket office from midday tomorrow. There will be no ticket sales on the away turnstiles.
West Stand (home fans) / South Stand (away fans)
Adult - £24
Concession - £21
U22 - £16
U16 - £12
U12 - £10
East Terrace and North Terrace (home fans)
Adult - £20
Concession - £18
U22 - £12
U16 - £8
U12 - £6
Read more info and FAQS about Saturday's game in our Match Pack here.
Spurs loanee Connor Ogilvie is likely to slot straight in at left-back for Stevenage with Kgosi Ntlhe (knee) out injured. Josh McQuoid could also come into contention after his sub appearance at Hartlepool. Andrew Fox (knee), Dean Wells (groin) and Tom Conlon (ACL) are out.
Grimsby Town will be without midfielder James Berrett through injury. Dean Henderson will remain in goal after renewing his loan from Manchester United, whilst new striker Akwasi Asante will be looking for his first start. There could also be a new face in the Mariners line-up with the Grimsby Telegraph reporting that the club could make their sixth signing of the January transfer window on Friday.
View from the dressing room:
Stevenage manager Darren Sarll: “We wanted to make a big point this week or reminding the players what we are, what we worked hard to be, how hard we had to work to get around that play-off zone and how hard we are going to have to work now.
“We have hardly been able to train because of the frost, so that has been challenging. My trade is football coaching and I want to be out on the grass but this week has been more theoretic and analytically based. The players are physically in great shape, great condition and we just wanted to make sure we pressed those emotional triggers to make sure mentally they are firing.”
Grimsby's season so far...
The Mariners come into this game 11th in Sky Bet League 2 after picked up 39 points from their 27 games so far.
Grimsby fans will be pleased with their first season back in the EFL after finally escaping the Conference last year. They've even had to cope with the departure of boss Paul Hurst to Shrewsbury, although new manager Marcus Bignot has come in and - despite a tricky first few games - kept the positive results coming in. This January he's been adding to his squad in the transfer window, so it remains to be seen if Town will push on and chase down those teams currently occupying a playoff-spot.
Much of their success this season has come thanks to the goals of Omar Bogle, who has struck 19 times in the league and has reportedly been the subject of three transfer bids this month. With the next best goal tally in the squad being just two, it's fair to say that sides who've kept the former Solihull Moors striker quiet have probably enjoyed success against the Lincolnshire side.
Grimsby come into this game on a run of four wins from their last six games. As with most teams in this slightly odd 2016/17 League 2 campaign, they've enjoyed more success on the road this season than at home and have recently won at Hartlepool and Carlisle.
Grimsby's recent results
Grimsby 2-0 Notts County
Grimsby 0-3 Exeter City
Hartlepool 0-1 Notts County
Carlisle 1-3 Grimsby
Grimsby 0-0 Blackpool
Grimsby 2-0 Accrington Stanley
The last time we met
A hat-trick from Omar Bogle inspired Grimsby to a 5-2 win over Boro back in August. Fraser Franks and Jobi McAnuff found the back of the net for Boro.
Betting with Sky Bet:
Stevenage are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to win at home to Grimsby on Saturday afternoon.
The Mariners are priced up at 19/10 by Sky Bet to get the victory and the draw is on offer at 23/10.
Both teams have scored in five of Stevenage’s last six home games and Sky Bet make it odds-on at 8/11 that both teams find the back of the net in this contest (even-money they don’t).
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Live commentary, social media & online coverage:
Can’t make it? Listen to the game live on the Boro Player HD service from tomorrow where Steve Watkins will be leading the commentary as usual.
Our Twitter page is the place to be locked in on a matchday as we provide live minute-by-minute updates during the game as well as all of the up-to-date info and plenty of fun too. All of our key content is linked from our Twitter account so if you are following us, you won’t miss a thing.
If you aren’t following us on Instagram yet then you should be – all the best photos from before, during and after the game will be uploaded here across the weekend.