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22 December 2018 Venue Blundell Park Attendance

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Preview: Grimsby (A)

Magpies chase early Christmas present

21 December 2018

Notts County travel to Grimsby on Saturday to kick off the busy festive period.

The Magpies make their second trip to Blundell Park of the campaign after visiting in the Checkatrade Trophy in October.

Grimsby are the only side Notts are yet to face in Sky Bet League Two so far this season and Neal Ardley will be looking to record back-to-back wins after beating Tranmere last time out.

The Mariners are 18th in the table – six points clear of the Magpies – and have lost just one of their last five league games.

Notts are winless in their six most recent meetings with Grimsby.

Ardley says…

“After winning last week there have been more smiles on faces, as you'd expect.

“I actually went even firmer on the players this week, though because I believe sometimes you can get complacent after a win.

“I've watched quite a bit of Grimsby and I'm really impressed. Their home form's been good and they've scored a few goals recently.

"The manager's done a great job there and they've got a lot of qualities which will cause us problems.”

Grimsby boss Michael Jolley says…

“We expect a really tough match. Neal Ardley has changed the atmosphere there and they are much more positive in terms of their outlook.

“They’ve got some really good players at this level and great experience through the spine of their team with the likes of Jon Stead.

“I think they are a good team with a good manager. I’m sure their season will improve from how it is going at the moment.

“We have played some good football. We are far from perfect, though, and there are still a number of areas that we need to address and improve in.”

Team news

Notts are still missing the injured Lewis Alessandra and Enzio Boldewijn who Ardley says will be absent until the new year.

Kane Hemmings came through his return to the starting line-up unscathed and the Magpies have no fresh fitness concerns.

Grimsby will be without Danny Collins who has pulled a thigh muscle so Alex Whitmore is expected to come into the side as his replacement.

The match comes too soon for Akin Famewo, while a few other players face late fitness tests.

We’ve met before

Grimsby were the winners in October’s Checkatrade Trophy meeting, coming from behind to earn a 2-1 win late on after Alessandra’s first goal of the season put Notts ahead.

The sides faced off just before Christmas last year, too, playing out a goalless draw at Meadow Lane on 16 December.

The Magpies’ last win at Blundell Park came in February 2010 where Lee Hughes got the only goal of the game.

The weekend's officials 

Referee: David Webb

Assistants: James Wilson and Michael George

Fourth official: Ben Toner

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Match Reports

Grimsby 4-0 Notts

22 December 2018

Notts County were beaten 4-0 at Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two.

An early Harry Clifton header set the hosts on their way before Harry Davis struck twice and Wes Thomas added late gloss to the scoreline.

Neal Ardley named an unchanged team following last weekend's victory over Tranmere Rovers - the first of his tenure.

That meant Kane Hemmings continued alongside Jon Stead and Nathan Thomas in a three-pronged attack, while Keston Davies kept his place in a holding midfield role.

Matt Tootle, meanwhile, made a return to the bench following a spell out injured. Elliott Hewitt continued to deputise at right back.

Notts came into the mood bouyed by their Rovers success but had the nightmare start as, with less than four minutes on the clock, Ross Fitzsimons was beaten.

The goal came when Harry Cardwell forced the keeper into a low save with a shot from a tight angle. Fitzsimons' reactions were enough to block the initial effort but the ball looped up in the air and Clifton was the first man on the scene to head the ball home from close range.

Jamie Turley came close to equalising on 11 minutes, rising highest to meet Dan Jones' corner but nodding the ball just wide.

Notts were dominating possession and giving the 436 away supporters plenty of encouragement as they sought the all-important next goal.

But clearcut chances were proving hard to come by for the Magpies and, after Thomas saw a deflected effort saved by James McKeown, the hosts grew back into the game.

Cardwell blazed an effort over before Fitzsimons made an excellent save low down to his left, pushing Elliott Embleton's curling shot behind for a corner.

That was only to be a temporary reprieve, though, as from the resultant corner Davis bundled the ball home from six yards out.

Thomas instigated an immediate Notts response, embarking on a superb run down the right before pulling the ball back for Hemmings in the middle. The forward's shot was blocked, however, and Notts went into the break two down.

There were no changes at the break and the Magpies started the second half on the front foot, Thomas seeing a rasping effort pushed over by McKeown two minutes after the restart.

And Notts had a golden opportunity to halve the deficit moments later when a Grimsby defender let the ball run past him, sending Stead clear on goal. The forward, usually so composed in front of goal, seemed to snatch at his effort, dragging the ball wide.

Thomas cut in from the left and sent another effort inches over as the Magpies continued their assault on the Mariners' net.

And that was to be the winger's final action as Ardley replaced him with Kristian Dennis just after the hour. Notts switched to a diamond in midfield with Hemmings playing behind Stead and Dennis.

But the change couldn't prevent the visitors from making it three, Davis nodding home from a corner once again.

Hewitt went into the book at the same time as Grimsby forward Thomas after the pair clashed near the dugouts with 15 minutes to play.

Fitzsimons then made a good save to deny Embleton, pushing his strike over with the tips of his fingers as the clock ticked down towards full-time.

Tootle replaced Davies for his first appearance since early November shortly before Hemmings drew a strong save from Embleton with an acrobatic effort from David Vaughan's cross.

The resultant corner saw the ball fall for Hewitt but the Welshman's effort deflected wide off a Grimsby man.

But Thomas had the final say as the ball looped into his path after Ward had blocked a shot, presenting him with the chance to lash the ball home from just inside the area.

Four minutes were added on, at the end of which Clifton sent a fierce effort over the bar, before the referee called time on a bitterly disappointing afternoon.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Grimsby (A)

21 December 2018

Notts supporters can pay cash at the turnstiles for this afternoon's Sky Bet League Two match at Grimsby Town.

Supporters who need to collect tickets can do so from the away turnstiles.

Notts fans will be located behind the goal in the Osmond Stand.

Matchday prices 

Adult: £21

65 and over: £14

15-18: £14

Student: £14

Under 15: £7

Buy online, in person at the club shop/ticket office or by calling 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

It is essential supporters provide their customer number/postcode when purchasing away tickets.

Click here for Christmas opening times.

Disabled supporters

In line with Grimsby’s policy, tickets for supporters with a disability and their personal assistants are available to those on the high level of PIPS or DLA from the DWP.

Ambulant disabled supporters should obtain tickets in advance from Notts County. They are priced at the appropriate age-related rate for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge.

Notts have been allocated five pairs of wheelchair disabled and personal assistant tickets charged at the appropriate age-related price for the disabled supporter with a personal assistant ticket issued free of charge

Official away travel - now book online!

Official away travel will depart from near the club shop on Meadow Lane at 11am.

Prices are as follows:

General adult/senior: £21

General under 18: £13

Season ticket holders/Lifeline members/NCFCOSA member: £20

Season ticket holder under 18: £12

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