FA Trophy: Grimsby Town v Buxton match preview

BUXTON FC are preparing for one of their biggest fixtures in recent years when they take on Grimsby Town in one of the plum ties of the FA Carlsberg Trophy First Round Proper this afternoon.

Having already knocked out their own league leaders North Ferriby United earlier in the competition, the Bucks will be bidding to pull off a major giant-killing by claiming the scalp of Blue Square Bet Premier table-toppers Grimsby on their own turf.

If this afternoon’s match ends in a draw, a replay will take place at the Silverlands on Wednesday November 28 (kick-off 7.45pm).

FA Carlsberg Trophy First Round Proper

Grimsby Town v Buxton FC

Ground: Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, DN35 7PY (kick-off 3pm)

Admission: £10 (£5 concessions)

Grimsby Town

League: Blue Square Bet Premier (1st)


Previous Rounds: Just entered

Leading Goalscorer: Ross Hannah (7)

A second-tier club until only a decade ago, Grimsby currently top their league with ten wins and six draws from their opening 20 games. Their leading scorer is ex-Matlock Town forward Ross Hannah, on loan with The Mariners from Bradford City.

Grimsby Town joint-manager Paul Hurst: “We’re well versed on them and ultimately it’s about our mental approach and giving them the respect they deserve.”

From Grimsby Telegraph - click here for full story

Goalkeeper James McKeown: “You see cup shocks all the time and if we don’t apply ourselves then we could get turned over. It will be tough because the Town fans will expect us to win 5-0 or 6-0.”

From Grimsby Telegraph - click here for full story

Buxton FC

League: Evo-Stik League Premier Division (13th)


Previous Rounds: 2-0 v Stamford (3rd Q); 2-1 v North Ferriby (2nd Q); 4-0 v Lincoln Utd (1st Q)

Leading goalscorer: Mark Reed (9)

This will be Buxton’s first appearance in the First Round Proper since 1989, and their first-ever visit to Blundell Park. In reaching this stage of the competition, the Bucks have already seen off Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders North Ferriby and, more recently, Stamford AFC, who dumped FC United of Manchester out of the competition. In total, this will be Buxton’s ninth fixture in all FA competitions this season - seven of which have been away from home.

Buxton FC manager Martin McIntosh: “Against Grimsby we will have nothing to lose. We have got players in our camp that can cause them problems. But it will be tough against a team that really should be in the Football League.”

From Buxton Advertiser - click here for full story

Chairman Tony Tomlinson: “We could hardly have been set a tougher task but that was the case at Fleetwood two years ago and their winner came only in the 95th minute.”

From Buxton Advertiser - click here for full story

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