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Grimsby face tough test against high-flying Carlisle

By Chris Woodside

Grimsby face their second opponent in four days in second-placed Carlisle United off the back of a great 3-0 win to top of the table Plymouth Argyle.

Carlisle come to Blundell Park with only one loss this season and four wins in their last five.

The Mariners’ new boss Marcus Bignot is not concerned about any new injuries and looks to keep with the same team that won last time out. However they will still be without Ben Davies and Sean McAllister who are forced to sit out due to previous injuries.

The home team will need top goal-scorer Omar Bogle to continue his fine form with the number 9 scoring 13 in 17 appearances for The Mariners.

With one win in their last five, Grimsby boss Bignot spoke at his pre match press conference talking about the strength of Carlisle.

They approach this game after a 3-2 win against Exeter at the weekend. Speaking to the Carlisle United Website, manager Keith Curle expressed that they must not take Grimsby lightly: “Grimsby had a fantastic result on Saturday and they’ve shown again that they’re a very good side.”

Carlisle will look for a win so they can put pressure on leaders Plymouth and close the gap at the top. They will look to key striker Charlie Wyke,who managed to bag himself two goals at the weekend against Exeter.

The away side will be without key winger Jamie Devitt, who was awarded his second red card of the season at the weekend. They will also be without defender David Atkinson who will not be fit enough in time for this game.

Reggie Lamb and Shaun Miller both impressed coming off the bench against Exeter and are looking to push for a place in the starting line-up.

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